Disinfo: Poland finances the realisation of the US strategic interests in the region

Summary

The American military base in Poland is very important for the USA, but not necessary at all for the Polish interests. Poland finances 100% of the costs of this base – it means that the Polish state pays 100% of the costs to achieve US strategic goals in the region. Poland helps the USA to play its geopolitical game increasing the pressure at Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, suggesting that the United States fully controls the foreign and defence policy of Poland. See other examples of this message here, here and here. The statement that the USA controls the political and security decisions of the Polish authorities is a conspiracy theory.

The further increase of temporary and permanent US military presence in Poland is perceived as a strategic goal by the Polish authorities. According to IBRIS sociological research, 57% of Poles support the deployment of a permanent US military base in Poland. Also, the decision to finance 100% of construction costs of the military facilities, which will be used by the US Army, is a sovereign decision of the Polish authorities in line with national defense and security policy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: US, Poland
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, US presence in Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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