Disinfo: The West denies Russia’s place at the common “European table”


The commemorative events on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Warsaw show that, even after the Charter of Paris of November 1990, no one wants an understanding with Russia because Russia is denied its rightful place at the common “European table”. (…) The way the event in Warsaw is organised betrays peace for Europe.

Russia is not invited to Warsaw on 1 September 2019. Others are invited, although the American ambassador in Warsaw in 1939 did not pass on his knowledge of the Stalin-Hitler Pact to the Polish government. (…) They wanted the war under all circumstances, and yet they are invited prominently.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia, about Western belligerence towards Russia and about the West's anti-Russian actions.

Poland decided not to invite the Russian delegation to WWII commemoration ceremony because of Russian aggression against Ukraine. Krzysztof Szczerski, the chief advisor to the Polish president, stated in March 2019 that the anniversary ceremony will be held “in the company of countries with whom Poland now cooperates closely for peace, based on the respect for international law, for the sovereignty of nations and of their territories.”

The West does not deny Russia's place at the "European table", but tries to keep open channels of communications and cooperation with Russia. For instance, the EU and its member states have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts, in line with five guiding principles of relations with Russia.

NATO created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence.

For background, see EUvsDisinfo analysis "The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings" here.


  • Reported in: Issue163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, US, Poland
  • Keywords: World War 2, West, Anti-Russian, WWII, Russophobia


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