Disinfo: Poland has turned into a mongrel, ready to bark at Russia

Summary

Every country of the world wants to take part in a big geopolitical game. Warsaw has currently become the “world’s mongrel”, ready to “bark” at Russia against any common sense and the position of its EU partners.

Disproof

This message is a part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack on Poland, on this occasion accusing Poland of waging an information war against Russia and manipulating history for political reasons.

Poland is not carrying out an information war against Russia and it does not spread anti-Russian propaganda. In recent weeks, the Polish authorities have defended the good name of their country, the historical truth about the disastrous role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the joint Nazi-Soviet attack on Poland in September 1939.

In the statement of 21 December 2019, Polish authorities reiterated their openness to continue the historical dialogue with Russia, for example through the restart of the work of the bilateral Group on Difficult Issues. However, they stated, the recent words of President Putin regarding Polish history have ruined the outcomes of cooperation of the Polish and Russian historians, who tried to look for ways of reconciling Polish-Russian relations.

See similar examples of Russia accusing Poland in alleged anti-Russian propaganda such as President Duda and President Zelensky promote propaganda, Poland wants to use Ukraine for an image attack at Russia, Ruthless Poland is not open for any civilized discussion on historical issues.

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  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: EU, Propaganda, Anti-Russian, Historical revisionism, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Poland creates and promotes its historical myths in an active and aggressive way

Today, Poland actively and aggressively promotes its vision of history and the post-Yalta world order. Most probably, there is no such country in the EU, which creates and implements its historical policy and historical myths in such a way as Poland.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpretation of historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

The Polish historical policy is based on objective historical facts, shared by the predominant majority of mainstream historians.

Ukraine does not implement the Minsk agreements because it is controlled by the West

One of the main obstacles to the Minsk agreements is “Kyiv’s unwillingness to engage in normal dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk. This obligation is obviously not being met, although this is one of the main conditions of the Minsk package”. (…) From Kyiv, in statements by deputies close to the President, it was repeatedly heard that the army should be ready to use force, if necessary, to reclaim the Donbas areas. In other words, the military aspect is also visible, although the Normandy format was originally planned as an opportunity to solve the problems in south-eastern Ukraine in a peaceful way. Kyiv’s aim is to reorientate, to rebuild the whole system of the Minsk agreement.

Following the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Kyiv, the rhetoric on the Ukrainian side has changed dramatically, which has led to a worsening of the situation in the Donbas. Ukraine is a controlled country, and for the United States, the worsening of relations between Ukraine and Russia is now more important than the peaceful settlement in Ukraine. (…) Ukraine is not a fully sovereign state. Therefore, it must be understood that the current situation is not being led by Ukraine itself, not by its people, but by the forces in Europe and the US, which are behind the current Ukrainian leadership and are using Ukraine for their own purposes.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements, undermining the statehood of Ukraine and alleging that Ukraine is a state under foreign control.

Since 2014, negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict in the Donbas have been held within the framework of the Normandy Format and the Minsk process. A special Trilateral contact group is working on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas. Three parties are involved in this process: representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE. Unofficially, representatives of the so-called "LDNR" factions are also present. Ukraine is not the only party to the conflict in the Donbas. In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine.

Two top US officials say there is no prospect of returning Crimea to Ukraine

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said there is no historical prospect of Crimea returning to Ukraine.

Disproof

This statement has no evidence. See a similar case that the US recognised Crimea as Russian.

This disinformation case spread in the context of a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ukraine. In addition to official meetings, he held informal meetings with Ukrainian activists. During a meeting with Crimean representatives, the former deputy head of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the representative of the Crimean Tatar people Emine Dzheppar, asked the White House to keep annexed Crimea insight of US foreign policy and categorically denies that Pompeo said anything about the impossibility of returning Crimea to Ukraine.