Disinfo: Poland is only capable of stopping Russian planes rushing to aid Italy

Summary

In Poland, known for its anti-Russian mood, a quiet tantrum ripens. There, they understand better than everyone else the irreversibility of the changes in Europe. And the maximum that this country is capable to do, is not to give an air corridor to the Russian planes rushing to aid Italy suffocating from a lack of artificial lung ventilation apparatus.

 

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic, as well as accusing Poland of being Russophobic. It promotes a narrative of the EU's failing efforts in the fight with the epidemic and the successful Russian steps against the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement regarding the alleged refusal of Poland to allow Russian transport planes delivering aid to Italy to cross its airspace. Poland called these accusations absurd and fake – the Russian Ambassador to Warsaw, Sergey Andreyev, received an official protest of Poland about the spread of this fake news by a Russian Senator. For a more detailed debunk see Polygraph.

See other disinformation messages connected to the Coronavirus epidemics - Coronavirus will cause the dissolution of the EU and NATO, Pentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in the creation of Coronavirus, The Baltic states may not survive the coronavirus-related economic crisis and Germany called for lifting sanctions against Russia because of Coronavirus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Russophobia

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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