Disinfo: Mean Poland closes airspace for Russian aircraft carrying medical aid for Italy

Summary

Russian aircraft carrying medical aid for Italy was forced to take a longer route as Poland closed its airspace for Moscow’s Il-76. This was “meanness on a state policy level”.

Disproof

Recurring Kremlin-led narrative about EU member states’ Russophobia as an impediment to the fight against the coronavirus.

This article is based on a tweet by Alexey Pushkov, a Russian senator and chairman of the Commission on Information Policy of the Kremlin’s Federation Council, from March 23. In the tweet, he accuses Poland of preventing aid from reaching an ally and calls for a “no compromise” approach towards Poland on any issue. The senator’s tweet was later deleted. See more on EUvsDisinfo.

Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on March 26 denying Alexey Pushkov’s claims. Polish authorities clarified that Polish airspace remained open, and the Russian military aircraft did not make a request for access to pass through it. In response to the accusations, Polish authorities have asked Moscow to issue disciplinary action to Senator Pushkov. Russian Ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreyev, responded that the Kremlin does not control the media or the spread of fake news. However, Alexey Pushkov’s tweet has been deleted since.

Polygraph, a fact-checking website run by Voice of America​ and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, notes that Alexey Pushkov and Poland have had “a history of mutual antipathy.” For example, the Senator is reported to have blamed Poland for their role in starting World War II. Senator Pushkov’s animosity towards Warsaw, moreover, is part of a larger trend in the context of the tense relations between Poland and Russia and Moscow’s history of spreading propaganda narratives about Poland’s role in World War II.

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  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Bulgaria, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, Russophobia

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