Disinfo: Poland risked the death of 100 military pilots after breaking off relations with Russia

Summary

Due to a deterioration in relations with Russia, Polish military pilots were under a real threat for seven years. Such conclusions follow from the journalistic investigation of the Polish publication Onet, which analysed the cause of the crash of the MiG-29 of the Polish Air Force. They flew faulty planes because Polish military factories and manufacturers of Russian fighters didn’t cooperate, and as a result, Polish engineers didn’t have proper details for the maintenance.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "Russophobia", and how it leads to negative consequences.

Polish media did not say that the possible catastrophe was due to bad relations with Russia. Instead, in November 2019, the Military Affairs Department of the Gdańsk District Prosecutor's Office filed charges against two technicians “responsible for the development and production of a replacement part of the ring shear for a catapult seat, the technical parameters of which deviated from the original ones".

See other examples of similar messages 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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Military, Military exercise

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