Disinfo: Poles don’t like being a colony of America

Summary

Poles don’t like being a colony of America. Although Warsaw is part of the EU, its foreign policy is largely oriented towards Washington, since it does not trust its “European partners” in matters of ensuring its own security.

Disproof

The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the US presence in Europe, alleging that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of other nations, especially EU member states, including Poland, Romania and the Baltic states (these countries are often presented as American “vassals” or puppet states).

Some countries of Eastern and Central Europe such as Poland, Romania and the Baltic states have close political relations with the United States, but this fact does not impact their independence nor membership of the European Union.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. The political, economic and military relations between Poland and the United States have mutually beneficial character.

See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americansthe US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Russophobia
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MH17: The Netherlands is staging a provocation against Russia in the ECHR

Although the evidence shows that Ukraine is guilty [in the crash of MH17], the circus continues. That is, six years after the disaster, the Netherlands decided to file a petition with the ECHR, using an openly contrived pretext to arrange a provocation in court using fake data.

In any case, as long as the Russian Federation is the “main suspect” because the West has decided so, it is Russia that will bear all the lawsuits, and not Ukraine, the real culprit of the tragedy.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The Netherlands brought the MH17 case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. The Netherlands submitted an inter-State application sharing all available and relevant information with the court and supported individual applications of the next of kin of the passengers of Flight MH17. ‘Achieving justice for 298 victims of the downing of Flight MH17 is and will remain the government’s highest priority,’ said Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok.

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia engage in political censorship

The ban on broadcasting RT television channel Sputnik, in Latvia and Lithuania is a direct violation of the obligations of media freedom undertaken by the Baltic states. The Federation Council of Russia believes that such actions of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia violate the principles of freedom of speech and unhindered dissemination of information, which are fundamental norms of the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

Disproof

This claim tries to portray EU sanctions on Russia, the result of its illegal actions in Ukraine, as unfair persecution against Sputnik and its employees, and against media freedom in general. In all of the mentioned countries, Sputnik and RT are being accused of spreading disinformation, violating copyrights, acting as a propaganda instrument.

In Estonia, Sputnik is wrongly represented as a victim of unprecedented persecution. These statements have already been debunked before. The steps taken by Estonia are based on the Article 2 of the Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine that foresees freezing the assets of Dmitry Kiselyov, the Director-General of Rossija Segodnya.

There are no Ukrainians, no separate nation and language

Ukrainians were told that they are a separate nation with their own language. In fact, Ukraine is the chimera that has been created in recent decades.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is an artificial country and that Ukrainians are a part of a larger Russian nation.

Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state that has preserved language, literature and identity despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign state whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were violated by Russia through the illegal annexation of Crimea. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament.