Disinfo: The Polish National Security Strategy promotes the American interests in Eastern and Central Europe

Summary

The new Polish National Security Strategy is composed in such a way that an unprepared reader would start to feel that the very existence of the Russian Federation is a threat to the world.
The content of this document shows that Poland was obliged to defend the interests of the United States in Eastern and Central Europe, expecting the USA to take responsibility for the security of Poland.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country.

Poland is a sovereign state, which develops its own national security strategy, which is based on the national interests of Poland.

The 2020 National Security Strategy of Poland states that the most serious security threat for this country is the neo-imperial policy of the authorities of the Russian Federation, pursued by means of military force (aggression against Georgia, illegal annexation of Crimea and military actions in eastern Ukraine). These aggressive actions of the Kremlin have violated the basic principles of international law and undermined the pillars of the European security system.

See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americansthe US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: security threat, Military, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Sovereignty, Russophobia
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Polish authorities fight the memory of fallen Soviet soldiers

Russia calls upon the Polish authorities to stop their fight against the memory of the fallen Soviet soldiers and to implement real steps regarding the fight with vandalism.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as countries which do not respect the history of WWII and its heroes.

In 2017, Poland introduced new laws to ban totalitarian propaganda. According to this Law, up to 230 Soviet monuments may be replaced, a decision to be made by Polish local authorities. The Polish MFA underlines that Red Army burial places and cemeteries situated in Poland will be carefully protected. It is possible to dismantle and remove only symbolic monuments to the Red Army.

According to the West, Russian language is a threat to open and transparent elections in Moldova

In order to prepare a draft amendment to the Electoral Code of the Republic of Moldova, the United States and the United Kingdom have allocated a special grant aimed at “enhancing democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections”. It turns out that according to the presented project, the Russian language is the biggest threat to “open and transparent” elections in Moldova. Therefore, it was proposed to cancel the ballots in Russian and leave them only in the state language.

Disproof

This claim is in line with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Russophobia and anti-Russian attitudes are rampant in countries of the former Soviet Union; especially in cases where those countries receive Western support. Pro-Kremlin media often portray former Soviet countries as "Russophobic" for taking steps to protect and prioritise their national languages, which were suppressed for decades through the linguistic imperialism strategy of Russification during the Soviet period. Ukraine is a particularly common target of these narratives, among other countries.

The Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova proposed a draft amendment to the Electoral Code in order to improve electoral practices. The drafting of the amendments was funded by USAID through the project ”Enhancing democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections”, implemented in 2017-2020 by UNDP Moldova. The draft contains 15 amendments, one of which concerns the proposal to print ballots only in Romanian, Moldova's state language, and not in Russian in elections where the ballots just contain the name of the candidate. "Standardisation of the text in the state language would significantly optimise the resources, including human resources, needed to accomplish this [electoral] process,” says the explicative note of the project. Ballots in Russian would continue to be printed in cases of a referendum, where voters have to read and respond to a question. The project is exposed to public debate.

US Mayor admitted having COVID-19 in November

The mayor of an American city admitted to being infected with the coronavirus last November after his virus antibody test turned out to be positive. That was last November, two months before the first infection in China.

Disproof

Recurring misinformation related to the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. 

New Jersey’s Belleville Mayor Michael Melham believes he caught the novel coronavirus in November, he claimed he caught the virus at a convention, but his doctor back then had diagnosed him with a bad case of the flu. He didn’t have a proper COVID-19 test, but a blood test revealed he had Coronavirus antibodies that suggest but do not confirm that he had a type of coronavirus, which shouldn't necessarily be the COVID-19 virus.