Poland wants to divide Europe into two camps to strengthen its leadership within Europe

Summary

Poland might divide NATO and Europe into two camps in the near future. Poland says that its energy security is provided not by Germany or France, but  by the US. They want to buy American liquefied natural gas even though it is more expensive than Russian gas. Because of political reasons, Poland is going to divide Europe to carry out its plans and strengthen its dominant role in Europe.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory perpetuating a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about russophobic Poland and the US presence in Europe.

Poland and the Baltic States are often accused by the pro-Kremlin media of obeying the USA in order to counter Western Europe.

Similar disinformation cases can be seen here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Georgia
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The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is not an “unusual” document

For some reason, there is an impression that the non-aggression pact was signed only between Germany and the USSR. Before the outbreak of WWII, the UK, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, and Estonia signed non-aggression pacts with Germany.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the statements that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany after Adolf Hitler came into power. See other examples referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact here, here and here.

First of all, it is impossible to compare the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with various agreements signed between Germany and other European countries throughout the 1930s. There is no historical evidence that these agreements contained any secret protocols, which assumed common aggressive actions of Germany and these countries against third parties.

Greta Thunberg’s fight far from real problems, like ISIS from true Islam

The environmental views of “Messiah” [Greta Thunberg], to be completely honest, are far from real science. Her fight for the environment has the same relationship to the real problems of the Earth as the ISIS terrorists have to true Islam.

Disproof

This claim is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. It is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about climate change and international youth climate protests started by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Several environmental scientists have praised Greta Thunberg's activism and its impact on the global environmental movement. For instance, Brenda Ekwurzel, a U.S. senior climate scientist and director of climate science for the Climate & Energy Programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists, writes in her blog that the power of Greta Thunberg's approach "ties scientific understanding with the justified urgency of her generation".

US troops will not defend Poland in case of a Russian attack

The US troops will be deployed in the western part of Poland near the cities of Wroclaw and Poznan. Taking into consideration the area of their deployment and their relatively small number, they cannot defend the Polish territory from possible Russian aggression. The Polish bases of the US troops are located in such a way that if the alleged Russian attack took place, the US units would have time to withdraw to Germany.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the US military presence in Central and Eastern Europe - it claims that the deployment of US troops in this region unnecessary. See other cases on the US military presence in Europe here, here and here.

First of all, the claim that the US troops will get immediately withdrawn from Poland in the situation of a possible Russian attack has no ground and no military sense. If the US plans to withdraw its troops from Poland in the situation of a military conflict with Russia, it will not have time to evacuate its units from the Baltic states (as they are stationed very close to the Russian borders). Also, the US authorities decided to establish permanent military presence in Poland - it is a strong sign that the USA perceives the issue of the military security of Poland in a serious way.