Disinfo: Poland is a key player promoting the power change in Belarus

Summary

Polish “engine” of the Belarusian protests.

The fact that Poland is pursuing an anti-Russian line has not been a secret for many years. Poland is a key player promoting the change of power in Belarus.

The outgoing year has shown that Russia is having difficulties with countries such as Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. This trio played a significant role in the events in Belarus and Moldova, which have obviously anti-Russian overtones. All these three states are usually underestimated in our country but in vain. And underestimating those can cause significant damage to Russia.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin narratives about Russophobic and Anti-Russian Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. It also contains the familiar pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. Finally, it accuses Poland of intervening in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.

Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country. Poland has repeatedly denied such accusations but has called on its neighbour to implement free elections and release political prisoners (see statement by the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on 11 September, at a meeting of the Visegrad Group, Poland

See other examples of similar messages: Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus, Polish special services destabilise the situation in Belarus or Protests in Belarus are driven by Americans from the centre near Warsaw, Poland openly interferes in domestic affairs of Belarus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Belarus, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Protest, Colour revolutions
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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