Lech Kaczyński obstructed doing “dirty deals”
“Lech Kaczyński had no illusions about the nature of the system of power in Russia. Western politicians wanted to live in these illusions because they were profitable for them” – assessed sociologist Professor Andrzej Zybertowicz on TVP Info. The advisor in the offices of Presidents Lech Kaczyński and Andrzej Duda argued that the so-called ‘mechanism of contempt’ towards the deceased Polish leader had a purely practical basis – from Russia’s point of view. The program also recalled a recently declassified memo from 2008, which referred to the need for Donald Tusk’s government to “neutralize” Lech Kaczyński’s statements.
The program “Minęła 20″ [It’s past 8:00 pm] on TVP Info raised the issue of attitudes towards the war in Ukraine in some Western European countries, which seem to be still interested in doing business with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Are German politicians only puppets?
Professor Andrzej Zybertowicz cited the opinion of Euro Intelligence analyst Wolfgang Munchau, who claims that the German Eastern Business Association – one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the world – bribed German politicians and made them dependent on having some kind of relationship with Russia.
“From this, it follows that, to some extent, the German economy is a façade. But also that when Prime Minister Morawiecki or our ministers go to meetings of EU bodies and talk to German politicians, they are not talking to policymakers but puppets of German business. We must draw conclusions from this,” said the guest of TVP Info.
Zybertowicz on illusions towards Russia
The sociologist pointed out that a similar dependence on interests with Russia was tried to be counteracted by President Lech Kaczyński, who was killed in the Smoleńsk airplane disaster in 2010.
“He had no illusions about the nature of the system of power in Russia. Western politicians wanted to live in these illusions because they were profitable in business and PR terms. And he tried to launch alternative paths of diversification (of energy – ed.). In other words: Lech Kaczyński got in the way,” Zybertowicz argued.
TW [Secret Collaborator] ‘Wolski’, TW [Secret Collaborator] ‘Bolek’, TW ‘[Secret Collaborator] Alek’
In his view, the strategy of contempt against President Kaczyński was part of a larger puzzle to maintain Russian influence in Europe.
“Where do I see this mechanism? TW ‘Wolski,’ TW ‘Bolek,’ TW ‘Alek’ – the first three presidents of free Poland – were registered as Soviet or Polish security services secret collaborators. This means that behind-the-scenes methods could have been used to pacify and control them.
The speakers in the program also recalled a recently declassified memo that Polish military diplomats sent from Moscow to the Ministry of Defense in Warsaw in 2008:
For the Polish side, it is necessary to continue the existing positive rhetoric, although, in this particular issue, a completely uncontrollable factor is the statements of L. Kaczyński, which sometimes become a reason for serious irritation in Moscow. In order to neutralize them, it would be possible, for example, to have a counter-testimony made by D. Tusk or semi-formal signals sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government that similar statements will not guide them, we read in the document.
It was about more than a “dispute over a seat.”
“This is the key issue: Lech Kaczyński was inconvenient. First, he was the President of a sizable, important EU country. Second, he was launching specific energy projects. Finally, some people remember the “dispute about the seat” and about the plane in connection with the meetings in Brussels. Today we know that it was about not letting Lech Kaczyński get in the way of doing ‘dirty business deals’ with Russia,” assessed Zybertowicz.
It is worth recalling that in 2008, the employees of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland said clearly that the president was going to the summit of the European Council to talk about sanctions against Russia. The mainstream media in Poland said it was a “dispute over a chair or an airplane,” pointed out Michał Rachoń, the interviewer.
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