Disinfo: Poland is not a sovereign state

Summary

The Third Polish Republic is not a sovereign state – internationally, it depends on foreign countries; domestically, it is being robbed by parties, mafias and clans.
For a long time, the Constitution has not been the “supreme law of the Polish Republic” – this situation is a result of actions of Lech Kaczyński, who signed the Treaty of Lisbon.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, EU or Germany.

The statement that Poland is not a sovereign state is a conspiracy theory. Poland is an independent state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies.

The Treaty of Lisbon has not “destroyed” the Polish sovereignty – the Constitution continues to be the supreme law of the Polish Republic.
Read similar cases alleging that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, that the US keeps Poland on an anti-Russian leash and Poland's Eastern policy is dictated by the USA aiming to weaken Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: EU, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Euro-scepticism, Democracy, Puppets, Sovereignty

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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“Fake history” became a norm in the Western world

“Fake news” and “fake history” is a norm in the Western world, where the OSCE and the EU Parliament accused the USSR (meaning Russia) in WWII outbreak. In this situation, Hitler becomes almost forgotten. This false historical narrative comes from the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine, which manifest their hatred towards Russia. The Baltic states and Ukraine honour the Nazi collaborators as their national heroes, celebrating their shameful actions.

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of their history. The Baltic states and Ukraine are continuously accused of their support for the Nazi or Fascist ideology. Any disagreement with the official Kremlin’s view on the history of WWII is automatically labelled by Russia as support for “Nazism”.

The official position of Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states regarding WWII is based on facts, shared by the predominant majority of historians. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Secondly, these two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII.

Polish Government fuels anti-Russian propaganda to justify the purchases of American weapons

The Polish Government is consciously fueling the anti-Russian propaganda in order to convince the Poles in need to bear high expenses for American weapons.

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This message accuses the Polish authorities of Russophobia and implementation of various anti-Russian policies in order to promote the American interests in the region.

The Polish authorities do not promote any policy of “intimidation with Russia” and they do not fuel the “anti-Russian propaganda”. The main current Russia-connected concerns of Poland are a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the military conflict in Donbas. The Polish government shows its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The USA will force Poland to buy more American weapons to support its struggling economy

There are increasing economic problems in the USA as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It means that the American lobby will exert more pressure at Poland to make it to realise next purchases of American weapons in order to support the US economy.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” or a “banana republic” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. The political, economic and military relations between Poland and the United States have mutually beneficial character. In terms of the purchase of the American F-35 fighters, the Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that they carried out tough negotiations to reach the best price for F-35. The price negotiations took place after the approval of the sale of F-35 to Poland by the US Congress.