Poland’s national strategy is to restore its 1939 borders

Summary

High-ranking Polish officials have long ago made clear that Poland’s national strategy is to return its 1939 borders together with local inhabitants. Poland gives Belarus slaps in the face by its activities, including its territorial claims. Numerous statements of Polish president Andrzej Duda about criminal Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and Soviet occupation target Belarus and Ukraine.

Disproof

This publication contains a disinformation message about Poland's territorial claims towards Belarus and Ukraine, deducting it from Poland's criticism of Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. It fits into recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Poland's plans to take over Belarus and partition eastern neighbours.

Poland respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbouring countries, including Belarus. Claims about Poland's alleged ''imperial dreams'' are part of recurring disinformation narrative, whose aim is to deteriorate Poland’s relations with its neighbours.

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 the Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita is part of the US doctrine of global dominance, and that IV Rzeczpospolita program's objectives are to trick, deceive, derussify and to take away the sense of self-preservation from Belarusian society.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Poland, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Imperialism/colonialism, Conspiracy, Andrzej Duda
  • Outlet: Sonar2050
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Disproof

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