Disinfo: Poland seeks to be the main US outpost in its aggressive policy towards Russia

Summary

Poland has difficult relations with the EU countries. For Poland, it is important to have approval primarily from the United States. It is no coincidence that military cooperation between Poland and the United States intensified. Poland seeks to take the position that West Germany took in Europe during the Cold War: the position of the main US outpost in its aggressive policy towards Russia.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty”, Russophobia,  as well as a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of Poland.

Poland is often presented by pro-Kremlin outlets as a “puppet-state” of the United States. This narrative includes a message that the United States manipulates Poland and other European allies in order to carry out its anti-Russian policies. The statement that Poland is used by the United States to inspire a conflict with Russia is a conspiracy theory. Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies.

Read similar cases alleging that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans and that the US keeps Poland on an anti-Russian leash, Poland is losing its independence, Poland’s Eastern policy is dictated by the USA aiming to weaken Russia, The US uses Poland as a potential fuse and stimulator of a conflict with Russia.

More about Russian propaganda attacks on Poland can be read here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Russophobia

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