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Trump-Duda meeting as vote-winning ploy

Polish President Duda became the first foreign leader to visit the White House since the coronavirus pandemic began. Trump-Duda meeting was an attempt to gain a pre-election windfall; this is a mutually beneficial cooperation for both Polish and American leaders, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya says.

COVID-19 intensifying spat between Warsaw and Brussels

Oksana Petrovskaya

The situation around presidential elections in Poland shows the political chaos in the country

Traditional Russian historiography of World War II should be revised

Russia should change its traditional historical thesis statement on the liberation of Poland, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky believes. "The term liberation is understood differently in the West, as liberalization. After hearing this term,Westerners start discussing whether Poland was truly independent state or not. But the term actually means the liberation of Poland from Nazi occupation. The Soviet Union and the Red Army saved Polish people from the enemies. This is what we need to discuss," he said.

History exposes the Polish government's lies

The Polish officials are telling a pack of lies about historical events that never happened, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky points out. "Baseless attempts to accuse Russia of allegedly falsifying history have become something like symbolic patriotism in Poland. A lot of Polish people try to convince each other that they are so-called true patriots of their country and begin telling lies about Moscow," he said.

Conflicts between Ukraine and Poland in the area of memory politics

Oleg Nemensky

There will be no improvement in Ukraine-Poland relations

Moscow was able to adequately respond to Warsaw

Poland, the Baltic States, and other countries have launched anti-Russian smear campaign to impose its own version of history and continue heated dispute over WWII history. The Polish government reacted hysterically when the Kremlin adequately responded to Warsaw's accusations, RISS expert Oleg Nemensky says.

Why Europe is rewriting the history of World War II

Polish officials have initiated a debate in the European Parliament on the "new Russian version of World War II". A lot of Members of the European Parliament had supported Polish officials in this dispute, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya underscored. "However, some MEPs had a different opinion about Russian leadership's recent statements on the Second World War and the role of Poland in it. Deputy Chairman of the European Commission V.Yurova said that the role of the Red Army in the liberation of Europe from fascism was indisputable. Another MEP from Greece added that communism ideology shouldn't be demonized. Czech MEP K.Konechna urged not to belittle the significance of the Munich Agreement," she said.

Poland lost dispute over history to Russia

Poland is confused over the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya underscores. She recalled that in last December, "Moscow launched a pre-emptive strike in the historic war declared by Warsaw." President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the fact that Warsaw had been cooperating with Nazi Germany, and the Polish Ambassador had fueled anti-Semitic sentiments in society. "The Russian President's speech destroyed everything what Poland has been able to achieve in the global arena for 20 years. Today’s Warsaw should understand that it is impossible to grab the tiger by the tail," she said.

Pentagon plans to ax large swathe of precious EU-protected forest for its Poland base

The US military wants to cut down a large swathe of green woodland in Poland, designated by the EU as a conservation site for rare and endangered species. The cleared area will be used to expand an existing air force base.

Warsaw begins the great game

According to RISS expert Oleg NEMENSKY, conclusions of the Poland's commission investigating the circumstances of the 2010 Tu-154 Smolensk plane crash are the beginning of a great game for the development of the internal political confrontation in the country to fight with the main opposition force and a further deterioration of relations with Russia. “We need to prepare for the new aggravation of relations. Moreover, the commission is headed by former Minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz, who is known for his radical Russophobic views,” he explained.