Former Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski made a cynical statement about the alleged thoughts of the Polish authorities about the “division of Ukraine” in the first days of the Russian invasion. The Polish authorities immediately reacted to this.
As you know, Sikorsky expressed his outrageous position, playing along with Russian propaganda, on Radio Zet.
Sikorsky's scandalous statement is in the best traditions of Russian propaganda
There, among other things, the topic of the war in Ukraine was raised. In particular, he was asked if he believed that the Law and Justice government had been thinking about dividing the territory of Ukraine for some time.
I think that in the first ten days of the war there was a moment of doubt, when we all did not see how everything would be, that perhaps Ukraine would fall. If not for the heroism of Zelensky and the help of the West, different things could have happened,” Sikorsky said.
Note that it is this narrative about the alleged division of Ukraine by neighboring states that the Kremlin often uses. The myth of “the division of Ukraine among neighbors” was preceded by the spread of a narrative about its internal split. The propaganda narrative about the fundamental differences between the inhabitants of the West and the East of Ukraine has existed since Soviet times.
Now the myth about Poland, which intends to annex part of Ukraine, is being promoted at different levels. In addition to Putin, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Speaker of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev spoke about this.
The reaction of the Polish authorities
The head of the Polish government reacted to this statement Mateusz Morawiecki, noting that such words are no different from propaganda.
A former foreign minister must weigh words. I expect him to retract these shameful allegations. I call on the opposition to disassociate themselves from the statement of Radoslaw Sikorski,” Morawiecki said.
Polish government speaker Piotr Muller also criticized Sikorsky: “Don’t measure people by your own standards. It was your policy that was focused on resetting relations with Russia. with Putin in Moscow”.
Let's add that Poland is the undisputed leader in supporting Ukraine in the war with Russia. This is confirmed by the fact that Polish President Andrzej Duda announced in Lvov on January 11 that he would transfer 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine. While this decision is being coordinated with partners.