Disinfo: Poland and Lithuania act against their own best interests, refusing to cooperate with Russia


The Polish and Lithuanian elites have a fear of the East, Eurasia, cooperation with Russia and China. We do not know what approach will dominate the policies of the Polish elites – pragmatism and understanding of the value from beneficial cooperation or attempts to construct barriers around Russia, supporting the American and British interests.

The Baltic and Polish elites have a completely irrational and ideologically driven narrow-mindedness – they act against their own best interests, failing to understand that it is better to cooperate with neighbours than to have a hostile position towards them.


This message is a part of the Kremlin’s disinformation narrative about Russophobic Poland and Lithuania, which are not interested in having good relations with Russia.

The Polish and Lithuanian authorities have repeatedly stated that these countries are willing to improve their relations with Russia. In a statement of 21 December 2019, the Polish authorities reiterated their openness to continue the historical dialogue with Russia, for example through restarting the work of the bilateral Group on Difficult Issues.

The main current Russia-related concerns of Poland and Lithuania are a result of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's armed military aggression in Ukraine, and increasing militarisation on Russia's western borders. The Polish and Lithuanian Governments give their full support to complete restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

See other examples of similar messages claiming that constant intimidation with Russia is used to make Poland economically dependent on the USA, 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.


  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Poland
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Baltic states


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