Poland’s Eastern policy is dictated by the USA aiming to weaken Russia

Summary

Warsaw does not carry out any type of policy towards its Eastern neighbours as all of the Polish foreign actions have turned into an instrument used to weaken the Russian positions in the post-Soviet region. For example, the Polish policy towards Ukraine has only one priority – to keep this country in the orbit of the anti-Russian states. Poland’s Eastern policy is formed by the actions dictated by the interests of the United States.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of Poland. See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.

The statement that the United States controls the European and Polish elites is a conspiracy theory. Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies.

Poland carries out active foreign policy towards its Eastern neighbours – the Polish government underlines the importance of implementation of the pro-active Eastern policy. This policy is based on the promotion of key Polish interests in this region – strengthening of independence and security of the Polish Eastern neighbours, support for pro-European and transatlantic trends in the region and support for reforms in the countries of the post-Soviet region. Regarding Ukraine, the Polish government has repeatedly shown its full support to solving the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the complete restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

See other disinformation cases on the foreign policy of Poland – “Polish politicians care about Ukraine only if it continues harming Russia”, “Poland did not invite Russia to the anniversary of the WWII outbreak because of the will of the US”, “Poland is not an independent country, so it cannot manage its own foreign policy”.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland, United States, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Russophobia, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Trump’s policy towards Poland is supposed to satisfy the American “deep state”

Donald Trump has to shape his policies taking into consideration the position of various domestic power groups, which disfavour him. If Trump was free of their influence, the current international situation would look completely different. Without his own strong political camp, in some situations, Trump is forced to “give a smile” to the so-called “deep state”, which forms the core of American politics. Trump’s policy towards Poland is one of the elements, which is supposed to satisfy the “deep state”.

Disproof

This message presents a classical conspiracy theory that the “deep state” and “shadow government” control the work of democratic institutions in the United States. Here are some other examples of this narrative: “Deep state” fighting with Trump; FBI appears under the influence of “Deep state”; “Deep state” shaping NATO policies. No reputable political scientists and researchers confirm the existence of a “deep state” in the United States.

The idea of a "deep state" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. Its manifestations might be different, but generally the concept conjures up the image of a small group deciding the fate of the world behind the scenes. However, there is no evidence of such a "permanent bureaucracy" or "permanent government" existing in the United States.

The US decided to change global security system by blaming collapse of the INF treaty on Russia

The United States decided to reformat the global security system in their favour. What is important here is the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (the INF Treaty). This decision was first mentioned by President Trump in October 2018. What is absolutely not surprising is that they had found “weighty” arguments to justify this decision. Allegedly, back in 2008, Russia developed a missile that can cover a distance of over 500 km. Moscow’s arguments that the “suspicious” missile 9M729 has a much smaller flight range have been simply ignored by Washington.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the INF Treaty.

Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF Treaty because it has produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile, which violates the agreement. In July 2014, the then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty, which prohibits the US or Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of between 500 and 5500 kilometres.

Western countries imagine malicious Russian actions, like Novichok, because they do not have many things to do

The current world follows the principle “Russians are everywhere.” However, in reality, the Russians have a lot of things to do domestically given the large size of the country. Small Western countries do not have much to do, so they imagine things. They imagine Novichok, election meddling and even recruitment of the American president. If Donald Trump was the Kremlin’s agent, he would use a malicious virus to destroy the system to manage the US’s nuclear capability to make the US surrender within half an hour.

Disproof

This is an example of the recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about ubiquitous Russophobia in the Western countries, which denies Russia's meddling in foreign elections and its involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals despite strong evidence of both. For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that there is no evidence of Russian attempts to influence the 2019 EU elections, that no evidence exists of Russia’s guilt in the Skripals' poisoning, and that the Intelligence Committee’s report found no evidence of Russian intervention in the US elections.