Poland has been a vocal opponent of the European Union, as commanded by the US

Summary

Poland has been a vocal opponent of both the European Union and Russian authorities, while the latter are not being described in any other terms than an “imminent threat from the east.” Their overseas masters whom Warsaw relies on to decide its geopolitical policies won’t prevent Poland from taking reckless steps upon the European stage, as those go in line with their “hardline policies”.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about  the US presence in Europe and Polish-US relations.

Polish people are among the biggest supporters of the EU in all member states. Polish government has been pointing out the need to reform the European Union - but it is not opposing the EU as such.

The disinformation message - like many others - appeared after the meeting between President of Poland Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump and the signing of an agreement which will increase the number of US rotational military forces of Poland. The United States and Poland are NATO allies. Poland is a sovereign state, which determines its security and defence policy. Narrative about Poland being a 'vassal' of the US is one of the most common, recurring messages of pro-Kremlin outlets. Other countries are often claimed to be the American 'vassal', too, without any evidence. See further examples here

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: English, Polish
  • Country: Poland, Russia, EU, US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Sovereignty, Russophobia
  • Outlet: New Eastern Outlook
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Ukraine shot down Flight MH17

We will see if the sanctions that followed the shooting down of flight  MH17 will be lifted. We know full well that it was Ukraine that shot it down. I think the truth should come out in the upcoming months.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim is a part of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskyi. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.

Polish President is a scoundrel who threatens Russia with fighter-jets

Polish president is a scoundrel, who offended Russia. And if that is not enough, he is threatening Russia with fighters-jets. Russia needs to take appropriate measures, for example place even more fighter jets and missiles in Kaliningrad. Because that is the only language Poland understands.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about belligerent Poland and West encircling Russia. 

The disinformation message appeared after the meeting of President of Poland Andrzej Duda and US President Donald Trump and the signing of an agreement which will increase the number of US rotational military forces of Poland. The United States and Poland are NATO allies, Poland is a sovereign state, which determines its security and defence policy.

Russia has given Poland its independence

It is unforgivable how Poles misrepresent history and try at all times to humiliate Russia. Poland has never been humiliated as a part of the Russian empire. Russia has given Poland its independence. And when Poland was a member of the Warsaw Pact, Russia was giving Poland everything – fuel for heating, oil, industry.

Disproof

Manipulation of historical facts to downplay and justify Soviet aggression towards Poland.

In 1918 Poland restored its independence from the German (Prussia), Austrian and Russian empires after three partitions and 123 years of not being present on the world's maps. Independence of Poland was one of the postulates in Woodrow Wilson's 14 points declaration after the WWI and guaranteed by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.