Fact Check: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Did NOT Blunder Her Speech At 2023 NATO Summit In Vilnius


  • Автор: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Did NOT Blunder Her Speech At 2023 NATO Summit In Vilnius Spoke Well

Did Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya get excited and screw up her speech during the NATO Summit in Vilnius? No, that's not true: During the side event on Belarus during the Summit Tsikhanouskaya delivered a speech about Russian nuclear weapons deployment in Belarus.

The claim originated from a video (archived here) where it was published by @sotnik_tiktok on July 12, 2023. The text on the video, translated from Russian, reads:

Tsikhanouskaya screwed up at NATO Summit. Being excited during her address, Tsikhanouskaya could not pronounce the prepared speech. Her office representatives were quietly burning with shame looking at their phones. However, a new democratic forces flag was demonstrated.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Tue Jul 18 06:33:17 2023 UTC)

The video fragment used in the TikTok claim video dates back to 2020 right after Belarusian Presidential elections, the results of which she rejected.

During her presentation at the side events of Belarus during the NATO Summit in Vilnius the opposition leader called for more attention to Belarus as it is "a key factor in our region's security" as well as met U.S senators.

No information on the flag of the democratic forces was presented. The white-red-white flag represents the Belarusian opposition.

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