Disinfo: Present-day Polish foreign policy is reminiscent of 1930's Polish anti-Soviet actions

Summary

The foreign policy of contemporary Poland can be compared to the position of this country in the 1930s, when Warsaw made it difficult to create a collective security system in Europe before the outbreak of WWII.

The Polish foreign policy of that period [the 1930s] became the greatest obstacle for the efforts of the Soviet Government to create a collective security system in Europe against Nazi aggression. Unfortunately, the present-day Polish foreign policy is characterised by the same peculiar historical backwardness.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to present the Stalinist USSR as a peaceful state. This message tries to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, claiming that “it was Poland which prevented the USSR from stopping the Nazi aggression”.

The Soviet “appeals” to establish a “collective security system in Europe” in the 1930s ended with the signing of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a joint Soviet-Nazi attack on Poland in September 1939, the Soviet attack on Finland in 1940 and the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.

The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a well-known fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany.

The claim that the present-day Polish foreign policy is characterised by some “peculiar historical backwardness” is a conspiracy theory. Read more about the current foreign policy strategy of Poland here.

Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue - Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in EuropeThe Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish stateThe shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII, Nazi/Fascist, USSR, Diplomacy with Russia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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