Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in Europe

Summary

In 1939, the “ideal scenario” assumed by the UK authorities at the beginning of the war between Germany and the USSR was the partition of Poland, which was sacrificed by the UK to inspire a conflict between Stalin and Hitler. In this situation, the UK would have been able to present itself as a peace-making force, increasing its influence in Europe. Although, this “UK schedule of war” was thwarted by Hitler, who forced Stalin to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and attacked France instead of the USSR.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in the World War II as not aggressive - see other examples referring to Ribbentrop-Molotov pact here, here and here. The accusations that the UK had “expansionist plans” in Europe and attempted to provoke a war between Germany and the USSR is clear historical manipulation and these events are not confirmed by historical documents and historians.

In terms of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, it is a proven historical fact that it contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact directly caused the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of this country by Germany and USSR. See similar examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland, UK, USSR
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, World War 2, Historical revisionism
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
see more

Poland finances the realisation of the US strategic interests in the region

The American military base in Poland is very important for the USA, but not necessary at all for the Polish interests. Poland finances 100% of the costs of this base – it means that the Polish state pays 100% of the costs to achieve US strategic goals in the region. Poland helps the USA to play its geopolitical game increasing the pressure at Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, suggesting that the United States fully controls the foreign and defence policy of Poland. See other examples of this message here, here and here. The statement that the USA controls the political and security decisions of the Polish authorities is a conspiracy theory.

The further increase of temporary and permanent US military presence in Poland is perceived as a strategic goal by the Polish authorities. According to IBRIS sociological research, 57% of Poles support the deployment of a permanent US military base in Poland. Also, the decision to finance 100% of construction costs of the military facilities, which will be used by the US Army, is a sovereign decision of the Polish authorities in line with national defense and security policy.

Poland has the highest social inequality in the EU

Poland is a country with the highest social inequality in the European Union. This situation causes political problems as the poorest people rarely vote (so they are excluded from political life).

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about poor economic situation and failed market reforms in Central and Eastern European countries (see similar examples here and here).

According to the Gini coefficient statistics from 2016, social inequality in Poland is below the EU average.

Poland’s entire policy towards Russia is based entirely on US support

Polish policy towards Russia is entirely based on the support of the United States.

Disproof

The article by Sputnik falsely suggests that every decision Poland makes in its foreign policy depends on the US. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, claiming that the United States fully control the foreign policy of Poland. See other examples of this message here, here and here.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies - moreover, being a member of NATO and the EU, Poland is able to impact the formation of common foreign policies of these unions. See other examples of disinformation about Polish-American relations here.