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“They already knew before 7 pm on Tuesday that it was not an attack by Russia on Polish territory” – said Eugeniusz Smolar, expert at the CIR, on [17.11.2022]

17 November 2022
In the media

Smolar criticises the Polish Government for holding back information on the missile striking Southern Poland. According to Smolar, the Polish authorities were in possession of the information already a lot earier than they admitted and knew it could not have been a Russian missile attack. Smolar also criticises the Government taking several hours to still discuss, whether the NATO Art. 4 should be triggered, although there was no reason to do so.

From those inexplicable actions, Smolar concludes that the Government was aiming at winning time to constitute a political rather than a military narrative. For Smolar, the Polish authorities lost a lot with that decision as the precious time wasted opened up the space for pro-Russian trolls seeking to spread disinformation and fear.

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