Poland denies secret plan for Ukraine – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


Talk of Warsaw coveting its former territories is Russian propaganda, says Polish security spokesman

Poland has denied claims by the top Kremlin spy that it plans to take over part of Ukrainian territory, calling it a “Russian Information Operation” targeting Warsaw and Washington. Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) director Sergey Naryshkin said on Thursday that Poland could plot with the United States to occupy western Ukraine with “peacekeepers” under the guise of military exercises – which, according to Warsaw, are always scheduled and completely independent.

“Russian intelligence chief spreads insinuations against Poland and the United States, falsely convincing that the two countries are preparing ‘a Polish annexation of western Ukraine'”, Stanislaw Zaryn, the ministry’s spokesman in charge of security services, tweeted Thursday night.

‘Top Kremlin officials join in bashing Poland’ Zaryn complained, noting that “lies” on Warsaw’s alleged designs on Ukrainian territory have existed for years, but intensified after “The invasion of Russia.” He spoke on behalf of Mariusz Kaminski, Polish Interior Minister and coordinator of the secret services.


Naryshkin had said on Thursday that Poland and the United States were working on a plan for the western Ukrainian territories that Warsaw considers “belong historically” to Poland. The first phase of the “reunification” project would see Polish troops deployed there “peacekeepers” under the pretext of protecting Ukraine from “Russian Aggression” Naryshkin described in a public statement.

When reconstituted in 1919, Poland claimed territories that are now part of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, known as Kresy Wschodnie, or “eastern borders”. Cities like Lwow and Stanislawow – known as Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk in present-day Ukraine – ended up in the USSR after World War II, however, as Poland’s borders were moved west to to the Oder-Neisse line.

Even though Warsaw vehemently denied Naryshkin’s claim, the Polish Defense Ministry said it was carrying out large-scale military exercises near the Ukrainian border, starting May 1. The Polish public has been warned that “columns of military vehicles” would go ahead “motorways, expressways and national roads,” and urged not to film the traffic.

“We appeal to the public” says the army. “Please do not publish information and photos showing troop movements and their locations, dates and times of movement of military columns, [or] data on departures and landings of military aircraft, as this could have a negative impact on “Security and Defense” from Poland.

Naryshkin had claimed that Poland was seeking to use a “maintain the peace” operation as cover for land grabbing, and research “reliable” Ukrainian politicians in targeted territories.

Poland has taken in more than three million Ukrainian refugees so far. It has shipped some of its Soviet-era tanks and other equipment to Ukraine, and is currently a major hub for NATO military aid to Kyiv.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.




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