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Statement of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Putin’s interview with Carlson

Statement of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 10 lies of President Vladimir Putin about Poland and Ukraine
that were not corrected by Tucker Carlson (interview of February 8, 2024)

  1. Poland cooperated/collaborated with Nazi Germany.

Before World War II, Polish diplomacy tried to maintain good neighborly relations with Germany. There was no question of Poland entering into any military alliance with Hitler. In the interwar period, Poland was between two aggressive neighbors: Germany and Russia, which did not in practice recognize the right of the Polish nation to have 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. Earlier, in 1932, a similar non-aggression pact was signed with the USSR.

  1. The 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 implement his plans [but] start with Poland.

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 launch aggression against Poland on September 1, 1939. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany cooperated harmoniously against Poland until June 1941.

  1. 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 de facto severely limited the sovereignty of Czechoslovakia. Polish demands regarding Zaolzie were made after the signing of the Munich Agreement as a defense against Germany.

  1. Thus, 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) when Poland was fighting the German invasion. It was a stab in the back of the Polish state. Conducted by the Soviets, the so-called people’s referenda in the Polish borderlands incorporated into the Soviet Union were carried out in an 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.

  1. Ukraine is de facto an artificial creation created by Lenin and Stalin.

Modern Ukraine as a state was created as a result of 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 as a result of the will of the Ukrainians themselves.

  1. The left bank of the Dnieper, including Kiev, is historically Russian land.

Kiev – was the historical capital when Moscow did not exist at that time. In 1991, Ukraine became an independent state with internationally recognized borders.

  1. The idea of ​​Ukrainians as a separate nation appeared in Poland.

The process of self-determination 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.

  1. NATO bases were established on Ukrainian territory.

There are no NATO bases on Ukrainian territory.

  1. 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 won the majority of votes. After the Revolution of Dignity, President Petro Poroshenko won the presidential elections democratically.

  1. 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. 

 

Text published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here:  https://www.gov.pl/web/dyplomacja/oswiadczenie-msz-ws-10-klamstw-próża-wladimira-putina-nt-polski-i-ukrainy-ktorych-nie-prostowal -tucker-carlson-interview-of-February-8-2024-y?fbclid=IwAR1-42qsUI0tLPBPTcAwcb2zIuWP5rqCHcsqgQtcpkU7gsWrXrID9M70qWY

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