Disinfo: The Giedroyc Doctrine is an edition of the Polish imperialism

Summary

The Giedroyc policy is an edition of the Polish imperialism. It tries to pull into the Polish sphere of influence a country [Belarus], which is a natural part of the Russian culture and which is connected to Russia with historical, cultural and ethnic ties. This is done in order to establish a buffer zone between Poland and Russia.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to blame Poland in having an imperialist policy towards Ukraine and Belarus.

The Giedroyc Doctrine is a political doctrine developed by a well-known Polish publicist Jerzy Giedroyć in the post-war decades. This Doctrine was aimed at the establishment of good relations of Poland with its neighbours through the rejection of any imperial ambitions and territorial claims against its eastern neighbours, the acceptation of the post-war borders, full support for the independence of Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. The Doctrine called on both Poland and Russia to abandon their struggle over the domination of other East European countries. In other words, the Giedroyc Doctrine fully rejects any Imperialist ideas.
The Eastern policy of Poland after 1989 has been largely based on the Gierdoyc Doctrine – Poland fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine and stands for the development of a strategic partnership with these countries.

The very statement that “Belarus is a natural part of the Russian culture” is a clear manifestation of the Russian Imperialist concept.

Read other 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 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Imperialism/colonialism, Historical revisionism, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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The EU practises censorship and war propaganda against Russia

The EU practises censorship and war propaganda against Russia.

There is “censorship” and “war propaganda” in the EU and it is suspected that a “scheme” behind it is to be tested first in Estonia. (…) What’s going on right now is real censorship. But censorship is prohibited in Estonia by the constitution. (…) In January, the biggest NATO manoeuvre since the end of the Cold War began, Defender Europe 2020. This too is justified by the danger from the East. “This is war propaganda. We (Sputnik Estonia) do propaganda too, but in a way that we propagate good neighbourly relations between Russia and Estonia.”

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the undemocratic EU and European values. It also contains recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's deliberate anti-Russian activities, double standards and about Russophobia in the Baltic states. This claim tries to show sanctions against Russia, due to its illegal actions in Ukraine, as unfair persecution against Sputnik and its employees and against media freedom in general.

Estonia ranks 11th  in the Reporters without Borders Press freedom index. Estonia has not blocked Sputnik Estonia's website. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Reinsalu has emphasised that Estonia has not taken any measures against the portal's media content: "They are financial sanctions aimed at economic activity. I believe it to be justified. We have notified the European Commission's Legal Service. European agencies have said in the Commission that steps taken by Estonia in exercising sanctions policy are warranted."

UK and France allowed Hitler to revive a strong army while Poland was a Nazi partner in 1934

It is necessary to remind about the events taking place before the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed. Western European countries, primarily, the UK and France, allowed Hitler to revive a strong army and a mighty industrial military complex. And already in 1934, after signing the Non-Aggression Pact with Germany, Poland had become a silent partner of Berlin in its aggressive actions.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by making statements that the USSR was forced to sign this pact; that other European countries signed various international agreements with Adolf Hitler, that the Munich Agreement triggered WWII and various historical conspiracies saying that the Western democracies wanted to inspire a war between Nazism and Communism.

Military cooperation with the USSR was the main way that Weimar Germany could overcome the Versailles’ restrictions. The military technologies developed on the territory of the USSR in the 1920s and beginning of the 1930s became the foundation for Hitler’s industrial-military complex in the 1930s. The Soviet-German military cooperation started after the signing of the Treaty of Rapallo in 1922, allowing Germany to overcome the Versailles’ restrictions on the development of the German Army and the industrial-military complex. The facts of the Soviet-German military cooperation throughout the 1920s and beginning of the 1930s are well-documented, despite the attempts of the authorities of the Weimar Republic to hide it.

The West considers Russia an enemy and does not intend an equal dialogue

Russia today is considered an alleged enemy of the European Union. There is a prejudice about Russia’s role and place in the world. No one is raising the question of the withdrawal of American tactical weapons from their territory. In practice, there are no measures [to that end] – neither from Germany nor from Italy. Furthermore, Poland is prepared to receive and use American arsenals. This is the modern world without illusions. It is hardly worth expecting a convergence of positions if one of the parties does not want it. In this situation, Russia can only rely on itself.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and about Western belligerence towards Russia.

Russia is the EU's largest neighbor, which has always been reflected in extensive cooperation and exchange for over 25 years. The current legal basis for EU-Russia relations is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which came into force in 1997, initially for 10 years. Since 2007 it has been renewed annually. It established a political framework for regular consultation between the EU and Russia.