Disinfo: The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding ordered research legitimising confrontational Eastern policy of Poland

Summary

Russophobia has been a widespread phenomenon among the Polish political class for so many years that the majority has become used to it.
Recently, the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, an institution subordinate to the Polish Ministry of Culture, ordered a research, which was supposed to prove the statement that the Poles perceived Russia as a threat. This research was supposed to legitimise the confrontational Eastern policy of Poland.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s widespread narrative about Russophobic Poland. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the political elites of Poland of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies.

The claim that “Poland realises a confrontational Eastern policy” is a conspiracy theory – the Eastern policy of Poland is based on the respect of the sovereignty of the post-Soviet countries. Also, Poland declares its willingness to develop dialogue with Russia in areas such as human, cultural, and economic cooperation and student exchange.
Recently, the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding presented a report “Information war and historical propaganda”. This report presents the sociological research on reactions of the Poles to the Russian propaganda efforts in the historical sphere. The report states that the major part of the Russian disinformation messages is negatively perceived by the Poles.
The claim that the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding has “ordered” this report in order to prove the statement that the Poles perceive Russia as a threat and to justify “the confrontational Eastern policy of Poland” is a conspiracy theory.
See other examples of similar messages claiming that constant intimidation with Russia is used to make Poland economically dependent on the USAthe Polish authorities created an insane hysteria of intimidation with Russia, used for the needs of domestic politics and the national security strategy of Poland is a manifestation of traditional Russophobia of the Polish authorities.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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