Disinfo: Russophobia is a characteristic of contemporary Poland

Summary

Russophobia is one of the characteristics of contemporary Poland’s policy. The Polish leadership is gambling with the fate of the Polish state and its people, and of course, all this military build-up in Poland and other NATO allies does not work, because Russian military capabilities outweigh what they (NATO) have of possibilities.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s widespread narrative about Russophobic Poland. 

The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses Poland of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies.

On the other hand, NATO and Poland's membership therein is not a threat to Russia. NATO is a defensive alliance. Its purpose is to protect the member states. NATO's exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – nor any other country. NATO does not seek confrontation, but it cannot ignore Russia breaking international rules, undermining stability and security, such as in Ukraine

See other examples of similar messages claiming that the Polish authorities created an insane hysteria of intimidation with Russia, used for the needs of domestic politics and the national security strategy of Poland is a manifestation of traditional Russophobia of the Polish authorities, or that NATO exploits non-existent “Russian threat” to increase its presence close to Russian borders and that the US creates and spreads a false image about an “aggressive” Russia constituting a security “threat”.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, NATO

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Disproof

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Disproof

This is mixture of conspiracies consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about NATO's belligerence towards Russia, Western attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations and plans to organise a colour revolution in Russia. It mentions the concept of a new Rzeczpospolita which is often used in propaganda cases alleging Poland's imperialist plans for Ukraine and Belarus.

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