Russia was not invited to events commemmorating WWII because of anti-Russian politics

Summary

The Polish leadership continues to follow the principles of anti-Russian politics, not inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to commemorative events dedicated to the outbreak of World War II. Poland is engaged in rewriting history, despite the obvious key role of the USSR in the victory over fascist Germany.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Poland and Russophobia.

Poland's decision not to invite the Russian delegation to WWII commemoration ceremony has to do with Russian aggression against Ukraine. Krzysztof Szczerski, chief advisor to the Polish president, stated in March 2019 that the anniversary ceremony will be held “in the company of countries with whom Poland now cooperates closely for peace, based on the respect for international law, for the sovereignty of nations and of their territories”. This point was reiterated by Jacek Sasin, Polish deputy prime minister in July, who said: "I think it would be inappropriate to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the armed aggression against Poland with the participation of a leader who today treats his neighbors using the same methods."

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland attempts to destroy the world order by not inviting Russia to commemorate the start of WWII and that the real reason behind the refusal to invite Russia is the Russian ban on the imports of Polish apples.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland, USSR
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Anti-Russian, WWII, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Russian RT
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