Disinfo: Poland is not perceived as a country with an independent foreign policy

Summary

Today, Poland is not perceived as a country of strategic significance, and surely not as a country with an independent foreign policy.

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, which fully control the domestic and foreign policy of this country.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies.

See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americansthe US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.

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  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Sovereignty
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Polexit can take place only as a result of the command from Donald Trump

If the Polexit took place, it could happen only as a result of the command from Donald Trump and his policy of pressure on the European subjects.

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, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. After the Brexit, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated that a scenario of “Polexit” is equally impossible as the “German-exit”. The Poles continue to be one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the EU – in 2019, 84% of Poles had a favourable opinion about the European Union.

Coronavirus is a tool to weaken Chinese economy

It is more than a possibility that this virus is a tool used by another superpower [the US] to undermine the Chinese economy and even China’s “population reduction program,” the environmental situation in China continues to deteriorate.

Disproof

Fear over coronavirus has indeed affected China's stock markets, but assessing the virus as an artificial, man-made problem is part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on secret labs and biological weapons. It is also consistent with the narrative that the spread of coronavirus is in the interest of the US to weaken China economically.

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

It is historically unfair that Russia was presented at the Auschwitz ceremony only at the ambassador’s level

The position of Warsaw is illogical as it did not invite President Putin to the celebrations of the anniversary of Auschwitz liberation and WWII outbreak anniversary. After Putin’s statements about the anti-Semitic attitudes of the pre-war Polish ambassador to Berlin, the issue of Putin’s visit to the Auschwitz ceremony automatically disappeared. Russia was represented at this event by Ambassador Andreyev. In the historical context, it looked very strange; for example, the Dutch delegation at the Auschwitz ceremony was represented by three high-level officials (Prime Minister, King and the Queen). Meanwhile, unlike the USSR, the Netherlands did not play any major role in the fight against Nazism.

Disproof

This message is part of the ongoing Russian information attack against Poland, promoting false historical narratives such as the alleged responsibility of Poland for WWII and the Holocaust.

According to the statement of Krzysztof Szczerski, Chief of the Cabinet of the Polish President, the invitations for the Auschwitz commemoration events were issued by the Auschwitz Museum, not by the Polish authorities. The governments of each invited country (including Russia) decide on what political level they will be represented during the event.