Disinfo: Poland uses the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in order to trigger anti-Russian sentiments for further militarisation of this country

Summary

The current Polish authorities love historical anniversaries – Mike Pompeo arrived in Warsaw on August 15, which was the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw. It is clear that there was a plan to use the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in order to underline the alleged Russian threat. However, none of the current events or statements of the Russian politicians confirms this “threat”. The Polish authorities use the politicised narrative of the year of 1920 to trigger the feeling of a threat from the East. This step is necessary in order to reach a very concrete goal: further militarisation of Poland and the increase of the number of US troops deployed in this country.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin's widespread narrative about Russophobia  and militarization of Poland. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the political elites of Poland of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies. Within this narrative, the "Russophobic" policies of Poland are often explained by the claim that the United States fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country (presenting Poland as an American "puppet-state" or a "banana republic").

The main current Russia-related concerns of Poland are a result of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's armed military aggression in Ukraine. The Polish government shows its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The deployment of NATO troops in Poland increases the domestic security of Poland – two-thirds of the Poles have a positive opinion about NATO's activities.

See other examples of similar messages claiming that constant intimidation with Russia is used to make Poland economically dependent on the USAthe Polish authorities created an insane hysteria of intimidation with Russia, used for the needs of domestic politics and the national security strategy of Poland is a manifestation of traditional Russophobia of the Polish authorities.

This message appeared in the same article as two other disinformation messages about Poland having a plan to interfere in Belarus and Poland and Lithuania realising Washington’s policy of destabilising the post-Soviet region.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Mike Pompeo, Military, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Russophobia, NATO

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