Disinfo: The Kyiv regime is trying to drag Belarus into the “new Rzeczpospolita”

Summary

The Kyiv regime is trying to drag Belarus into the “new Rzeczpospolita”. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba even invited his Belarusian counterpart Volodymyr Makei to join the meeting of the so-called “Lublin Triangle” – a newly formed initiative of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine with a pronounced anti-Russian character. This project serves as a step towards the realisation of the dream cherished in Warsaw for centuries – the creation of the Intermarium, the actual reincarnation of Rzeczpospolita “from sea to sea”.

Disproof

No evidence that "Lublin Triangle" is a step towards reincarnation of "Rzeczpospolita" (a commonwealth of countries).  A disinformation narrative that mentions the concept of a new Rzeczpospolita which is often used in propaganda cases alleging Poland's imperialist plans for Ukraine and Belarus. Poland fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Belarus, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries.

The Lublin Triangle is a new regional cooperation initiative launched by Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania. Security is said to be one of the main priorities of the Lublin Triangle, with the format’s participants agreeing to coordinate actions to protect international law in the context of Russia’s ongoing annexation of Crimea.

Rzeczpospolita is an Eastern European federal state that existed during 1569–1795 in modern Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Latvia, Moldova, southern Estonia and western Russia.

The foreign ministers of the Lublin Triangle countries called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from the use of force and to release all those detained during the protests.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s press service, the statement was made by the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, Linas Linkevičius, Jacek Czaputowicz and Dmytro Kuleba.

“Respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights, including democracy and rule of law, is essential for further development of independent and sovereign Belarus, which we fully support. We are confident that only by means of dialogue the current situation can be resolved for the benefit of the people and the state of Belarus,” the statement says.

See earlier disinformation messages alleging that the Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita is part of the US doctrine of global dominance, that Poland wants to dismember Ukraine and re-establish a Polish empire, and that the US feeds Polish, Austrian, and Hungarian imperialistic ambitions.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Propaganda, Anti-Russian, Imperialism/colonialism

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