The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in connection with the interview of American journalist Tucker Carlson with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. In it, the ministry pointed out “10 Putin’s lies about Poland and Ukraine that Carlson did not correct.”
On Thursday, American political commentator and presenter Tucker Carlson, associated with Donald Trump and the radical wing of the American Republican Party, known for pro-Kremlin statements, published an interview conducted with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the interview, Putin presented a number of lies and manipulations related to history Russia, Ukraineas well as Poland and the Central European region.
On Friday evening, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement referring to Putin’s most important lies, which, as it was emphasized, were not corrected by Carlson during the conversation.
Below we present the lies pointed out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ministry’s responses to them.
1. Poland cooperated/collaborated with the Nazis Germany.
“Before World War II, Polish diplomacy tried to maintain good neighborly relations with Germany. There was no question of Poland entering any military alliance with Hitler. In the interwar period, Poland was between two aggressive neighbors: Germany and Russia, which did not recognize the law of the nation in practice. Poland to an independent state. In Berlin in 1934, a Polish-German declaration of non-violence was signed, which was to guarantee the resolution of disputes by peaceful means. But earlier, in 1932, a similar non-aggression pact was signed with the USSR,” we read in the ministry’s announcement.
2. Poles forced Hitler to start World War II with them. Why did Poland start the war on September 1, 1939? She was uncooperative. Hitler had no choice but to start with Poland to implement his plans.
“The Second Polish Republic rejected Hitler’s demands, as well as the proposal of a Polish-German alliance aimed at the USSR. It was Nazi Germany and the Soviet authorities who signed an agreement against Poland on August 23, 1939 (the so-called Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact), which enabled Germany to carry out aggression against Poland on September 1 1939. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany cooperated harmoniously until June 1941,” the ministry says.
3. Poland became a victim of the policy towards Czechoslovakia, because under the famous Ribbentrop-Molotov protocols, part of these territories fell to Russia, including Western Ukraine.
“Poland neither participated nor was a party to the Munich Agreement (September 30, 1938), which in fact strongly limited the sovereignty of Czechoslovakia. Polish demands regarding Zaolzie were made after the signing of the Munich Agreement,” emphasizes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
4. Russia, under the name of the Soviet Union, returned to its historic territories.
“The USSR incorporated the eastern territories of the Second Polish Republic as a result of armed aggression (September 17, 1939), at a time when Poland was fighting the German invasion. It was a stab in the back to the Polish state. The so-called people’s referenda in the Polish borderlands conducted by the Soviets were carried out in atmosphere of terror and fraud. Lviv and the areas of the then Lviv and Stanisławów voivodeships (today’s Western Ukraine) never belonged to the Russian Empire. The Vilnius region was also not historically part of Russia,” the ministry explains.
5. Ukraine is de facto an artificial creation created by Lenin and Stalin.
“Modern Ukraine as a state was created thanks to the Ukrainian national movement. The Bolsheviks did not create it, but only conquered part of its territory, making it one of the Soviet republics. Ukraine was created thanks to the will of the Ukrainians themselves,” the ministry emphasizes.
6. The left bank of the Dnieper, including Kiev, is historically Russian land.
“Kiev was the historical capital of Russia, and Moscow did not exist at that time. In 1991, Ukraine became an independent state with internationally recognized borders,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quotes.
7. The idea of Ukrainians as a separate nation appeared in Poland.
“The process of self-definition of Ukrainians as a separate ethnic group took place in parallel with analogous processes taking place in 19th-century Europe. No one artificially ‘invented’ the Ukrainian nation,” emphasizes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
8. Bases were created on the territory of Ukraine FOR THIS.
“There are no NATO bases on Ukrainian territory,” reminds the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
9. There have been two coups d’état in Ukraine, the aim of which was to artificially break ties with Russia.
“In the Orange Revolution, the Ukrainian people did not agree to electoral fraud. The organization of another round of voting allowed the election of President Viktor Yushchenko, who actually won the majority of votes. After the Revolution of Dignity, President Petro Poroshenko democratically won the presidential elections,” the ministry reminds.
10. In 2014, Moscow was forced to defend Crimea because it was under threat.
“In 2014, there was no threat to Crimea. The Revolution of Dignity led to a change of power peacefully, through democratic elections. Russian ‘little green men’ appeared in Crimea to destabilize the situation in Ukraine,” the ministry pointed out.
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