Disinfo: The Polish establishment is mad about the Russian help to Italy

Summary

The Polish establishment became mad about the information on the Russian help to Italy.
The imperative of the Polish camp of warmongers is to harm Russia at all costs. These people negatively reacted at the loss of Petro Poroshenko at Presidential elections in Ukraine as it resulted in a possibility of peace between Russia and Ukraine. These people absolved the neo-Banderite nationalists and their Fascist friends from all over the world as they were allegedly saving the “European civilization” from Russia. The human lives and the Russian assistance to the fight against the pandemic means nothing, as it is necessary to continue the anti-Russian politics – the Italians can continue dying if it is necessary.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic and the alleged Russophobic policies of Poland – it promotes the idea that in the situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, the West should forget about all existing political disagreements with Russia.

The Polish authorities have debunked false statements of Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov, who accused Poland of refusing to allow the Russian planes delivering aid to Italy to cross the airspace of the country.

The claim that there is some type of “camp of warmongers” within the Polish establishment, which tries to harm Russia “at all costs” is a conspiracy theory.

See other disinformation messages connected to the Coronavirus epidemics - Coronavirus will cause the dissolution of the EU and NATO, Pentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in creation of Coronavirus, The Baltic states may not survive the coronavirus-related economic crisis and Germany called for lifting sanctions against Russia because of Coronavirus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Italy, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, humanitarian aid, Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, Stepan Bandera, Russophobia

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Unlike the EU, Russia provided Italy with concrete help

Unlike the EU, Russia provided Italy with concrete help. The Russian assistance to Italy is a perfect example of solidarity. Meanwhile, the European Parliament decided that there is an increasing number of people with depression living in Europe, so it declared May 27th as the European Day of Optimism (so far, it is a proposition from MEPs). The EU does not offer [to Italy] any specific solutions, while the Russian help to Italy, and its citizens, is concrete.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic. It promotes a narrative of the EU's failing efforts in its fight with the epidemic as opposed to the successful Russian ones.

Evidence is emerging that there are significant shortcomings with the aid sent by Russia, with one report estimating that up to 80% of this aid is ineffective. The Russian aid delivered to Italy is mainly composed of various equipment for disinfecting the streets. This type of equipment is not urgently required in Italy and has been described as a Russian “geopolitical and diplomatic charm offensive”.

Poland refused to allow the Russian planes delivering aid to Italy to cross its air space

Poland did not let the Russian planes delivering aid to Italy cross its air space. This is meanness realised on the level of state policy. Moreover, this aid was delivered to a Polish ally of the EU and NATO. From now on, Russia should not assist Poland with anything.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign around the Coronavirus epidemic. It promotes a narrative of the EU's failing efforts in the fight with the epidemic and the successful Russian steps against the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement regarding the alleged refusal of Poland to allow Russian transport planes delivering aid to Italy to cross its airspace. Poland called these accusations absurd and fake – the Russian Ambassador to Warsaw, Sergey Andreyev, received an official protest of Poland about the spread of this fake news by a Russian Senator.