Poland thinks that western Ukraine, western Belarus and southwestern Lithuania belong to them

Summary

Poland thinks that western Ukraine, western Belarus and southwestern Lithuania belong to them. The return of the territories to their legal proprietors – the Ukrainians, the Belarusians, and the Lithuanians – by the Soviet authorities in 1939-1945 is, according to Poland, an act of aggression.

 

 

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring disinformation narratives about Poland's ''imperial dreams'', aimed at undermining Poland’s relations with its neighbours.

Poland, a NATO member, respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other nations, including those on its borders. Furthermore, Lithuania and Latvia are NATO members themselves, and their territorial integrity is protected and guaranteed by the NATO Alliance.

See earlier disinformation messages alleging that Poland has plans to turn Belarus into a vassal, anti-Russian state with Belarus’ western part being an eastern part of a new Polish state, that Russia saved Belarus from Western bombing like in Yugoslavia, that the Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita is part of the US doctrine of global dominance, and that Poland wants to dismember Ukraine and re-establish a Polish empire.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Territorial dispute, Imperialism/colonialism, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Fond strategicheskoy kultury
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Disproof

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