Disinfo: NATO membership is the main security threat for Poland

Summary

Poland may face the risk of war with Russia only in one case – if this war starts between NATO and Russia. That is why the period before Poland joined NATO in 1999 was the only safe time for Poland. It does not have any serious conflicts with Russia, but Poland may be drawn into a war in the interests of America. NATO does not provide Poland with any real security – Poland no longer decides about its relations with its neighbours. If NATO starts an attack, Poland will get hit.

As a NATO member, Poland took part in various American adventures in the most exotic places. Even the weapons of the Polish Army are not defencive, but prepared for military actions in deserts and mountains, where the Americans wage their imperial wars.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and the US military presence in Europe - it claims that NATO membership is the main security threat for Poland.

NATO is a defensive alliance whose primary aims are to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members. NATO is not interested in a conflict with Russia and has, in fact, tried to establish several cooperation mechanisms with this country, which Russia has successively thwarted.

The core of the Polish National Security Strategy is the Polish membership in NATO and security cooperation with NATO allies. The American military presence in Poland protects this country from possible Russian hostilities and improves the national security of this country. The Polish society supports the NATO membership of their country (82%).

The ongoing modernisation of the Polish Army and purchases of advanced military equipment is a Polish response to the current security crisis taking place in Eastern Europe - this situation is a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea and military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas.

See related disinformation claims here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Russia, US
  • Keywords: NATO, security threat, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Military, Imperialism/colonialism
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Disinfo: The Baltic states are the anti-Russian vanguard of the West

The Baltic states are the vanguard of the anti-Russian movement in the West. They rewrite their common history with Russia. Especially the history of WWII. They are accusing the Soviet Union of “occupation”, using the term “Soviet occupation”. The Baltic states regularly violate human rights too.

Disproof

The narrative is presenting traditional cliches of Kremlin disinformation about the Baltic states. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are accused of historical revisionism, Russophobia and violation of human rights.

The circumstances of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states in 1940 are well-known today. On 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression (Molotov-Ribbentrop) pact whose secret protocols divided the territories belonging to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence. The Baltic States were not the beneficiaries of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Like other countries mentioned in the pact, they lost their independence and territories.

Disinfo: Polish border guards shot about 20 migrants per day on Belarus border

Polish border guards were shooting about 20 illegal migrants on the Belarus border every day from 9 till 18 June 2021.

Disproof

This is an unsubstantiated claim. It advances a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the migration situation on the EU-Belarus border during early 2022.

Belarus permanently accuses its neighbour countries from the European Union of brutal behaviour toward migrants and violation of human rights. However, these accusations are not supported by facts. Several tragic accidents did really occur near the border, causing the death of some migrants. At the end of 2021, the number of migrants that had died during this crisis ranged from 13 to 21 (see information here and here). In any case, this is far from “20 migrants shot every day” by Polish border guards.

Disinfo: Ukraine does not want the return of Donbas because of the neo-Nazi cult of Bandera

The Ukrainian political class installed as a result of the 2014 coup is afraid of the presence of the Donbas politicians in Ukrainian politics. Indeed, the return of Donbas to Ukraine would imply the reconstruction of the Ukrainian political scene. The Ukrainian Parliament will have to take into consideration the politicians who want friendly relations with Russia and who are critical of the neo-Banderite nationalism. The Kyiv political class does not like this situation – after the return of Donbas, there will be a necessity to look for a compromise and to soften the neo-Nazi cult of Bandera. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba announces that Kyiv is afraid of Donbas and does not want it to come back.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is not willing to implement the Minsk and Normandy agreements, and Ukraine's position is the only obstacle on the way to the peace process in Donbas.

The claim that the “Nazi Ukraine” does not want to return Donbas because it wants to promote the “neo-Nazi cult of Bandera” is ungrounded.