Disinfo: Phobia-driven Poland and Ukraine reject dialogue with their neighbours

Summary

The year 2021 confirmed that there are two capitals in our part of Europe that consistently reject all forms of dialogue with their neighbours, being mired in the atmosphere of phobias and irrational fears. These capitals are Warsaw and Kyiv.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about anti-Russian, Russophobic Poland and Ukraine.

The claim that Poland and Ukraine avoid dialogue with their neighbours is unfounded. The Ukrainian authorities made repeated statements about their willingness to start direct talks with Russia in order to solve the current military conflict between the two countries.

The arrival of a Polish Ambassador to Moscow illustrates that Poland is interested in having normal diplomatic relations with Russia. On 28 March 2021, the new Polish Ambassador to Russia gave an interview to Russian media, where he stated that Poland was open to dialogue with Russia. Current issues in Polish-Russian relations are directly connected with Russia’s actions (continuous violation of international law, anti-Polish “historical” accusations, ungrounded expulsion of a Polish diplomat, to name a few).

See other examples of similar messages claiming that Poland has no reasons to have tense relations with Russia, but is only a US vassal statePoland uses the situation around Navalny as a pretext for the next anti-Russian attack and the Polish Government deliberately worsens its relations with Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 269
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/12/2021
  • Article language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Anti-Russian, Eastern Europe

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The European Union intends to destroy Russia

Josep Borrell, in addition to heading European diplomacy, is also a blogger. The other day blogger Borrell published on the official portal of the European Commission a post titled "How can we tame the power politics of the East?" The East means Russia, which the author of the publication intends to "tame".

Josep Borrell changed his diplomat's suit to that of a circus trainer, simultaneously changing the tone of the conversation and the vocabulary of the discussion. According to his post, the EU basically calls Russia an enemy and intends to prepare for further confrontation with Russia.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the EU, ist external and foreign policies.

This disinformation message is a complete misinterpretation of EU High Represenative / Vice President Josep Borrell's words. Borrell did not use the word "tame". The post referred to is titled "Countering power politics in the East".

Eastern Partnership was developed as a leash on member countries

The Eastern Partnership programme itself was not developed in order to integrate the participating countries into the European Union in the future, but specifically for geopolitical purposes. The European leaders do not even hide the fact that the initiative is not about entry into the European Union, but mostly about obeying all the instructions of Brussels following the path of reformation.

In other words, the Eastern Partnership programme is a kind of leash on which the European Union “walks” the member countries.

Disproof

This is a disinformation narrative often used in relation to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative, claiming that this is an anti-Russian instrument and a mechanism to control its members.

In fact, the EaP was established as a specific Eastern dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy, which contains both a bilateral and multilateral track. This is a joint policy initiative, based on voluntary participation, which aims to strengthen relations between the European Union, its member states and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. According to the official website, it was released on 7 May 2009 by the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit.

It was Lenin who created Ukraine

Who created Ukraine? It was Vladimir Ilyich Lenin who created it when he created the Soviet Union and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was born as a country.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative designed to denigrate the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood and its independence.

The history of Ukraine dates back to the era of the Kyivan Rus’ in the 9th-13th centuries. A fully independent Ukraine only emerged in the 20th century, after long periods of successive domination by Poland-Lithuania, Russia, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

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