DISINFO: Poland uses the situation around Navalny as a pretext for the next anti-Russian attack
  • Outlet: pl.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 25, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Polish
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: EU, Poland, US, Russia
Diplomacy with Russia Anti-Russian Alexei Navalny Puppets US presence in Europe Joe Biden Andrzej Duda Russophobia

DISINFO: Poland uses the situation around Navalny as a pretext for the next anti-Russian attack


The Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested that the Head of the European diplomacy Josep Borrell should cancel his visit to Moscow [in connection to the situation with Navalny]. If we assume that President Duda indeed wants Navalny to be released, he should welcome the talks between European and Russian officials as they may conduct informal talks on this issue. Although, these words of President Duda are not about Navalny – it is only a pretext for the next anti-Russian attack.


This message is a part of the Kremlin’s widespread narrative about Russophobic 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 claim that the Polish authorities use the situation around Navalny for the next anti-Russian attacks and manifestation of loyalty to the USA is disinformation. On January 21, the predominant majority of the Polish Members of Parliament (438 out of 460) appealed to the Russian authorities to release Alexey Navalny and stop political repressions against him and his associates.

The Polish authorities do not promote Russophobia or any anti-Russian actions and policies. The Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that Poland is willing to improve its relations with Russia – these relations will automatically improve if Russia starts observing the regulations of international law.

See other examples of similar messages claiming that constant intimidation with Russia is used to make Poland economically dependent on the USA, the 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.


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