The US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash

Summary

The United States intentionally keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian “leash” as the Poland-Russia conflict makes this country lonely on the international arena. The relations between Poland and Russia will continue to be tense as it is beneficial for the United States to keep Poland in conflict with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the United States shape foreign policy of the European countries and push them to conflict with Russia – see examples here for Poland, here for the EU and here for Germany.

The statement that the United States controls the Polish elites and political decision-making process is a conspiracy theory. Poland is a sovereign state, which forms its own foreign and domestic policies. As a member of NATO and the EU, Poland is able to impact the formation of common foreign policies of these organisations.

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  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: US, Poland, Russia
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about the undemocratic EU – see examples here and here. Also, it promotes the idea that civil servants from smaller EU members do the bidding of the larger, older EU member states instead of being independent, impartial, objective and loyal – see example here.

It also misrepresents the role currently held by Donald Tusk, as President of the European Council. The President's role is to chair European Council meetings and drive forward its work, ensure the preparation of European Council meetings and the continuity of their work, help to facilitate cohesion and consensus within the European Council and present a report to the European Parliament after each European Council meeting. Decisions are taken by the representatives of the Member States who make up the Council together with the European Council President and the President of the European Commission and who, depending on the issue, take decisions by simple majority (15 member states vote in favour), qualified majority (55% of member states, representing at least 65% of the EU population, vote in favour) or unanimous voting (all votes are in favour).

Current US administration causes the emergence of new hot spots all over the world

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the hostile character of the US foreign policy (examples here and here) and its continuous attempts to destabilise the situation in countries refusing to accept the US leadership (examples here and here). All the above-mentioned hot spots have its origins mostly in the actions of authoritarian regimes of these countries.

Ukraine is a buffer state for NATO without membership prospects

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and its cooperation with NATO.

Ukraine is a strategic partner for NATO in many areas. Since the 1990s, relations between NATO and Ukraine have developed into one of NATO’s most influential partnerships.