FACT CHECK: Did Russia’s Former President Offer To Supply Poland With Air Defense Systems?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Facebook purports Russian Deputy Security Council Chairman Dmitry Medvedev offered to supply Poland with defense systems against Ukraine. 

Verdict: False

The image is digitally altered. There is no evidence that Medvedev made this offer.

Fact Check: 

Poland previously accepted an offer from Germany to deploy Patriot missile launchers near Poland’s border with Ukraine in response to a stray missile that killed two of their citizens, according to Reuters. However, Poland is now requesting those missiles be provided to Ukraine in its war against Russia, DefenseNews reported.

The Facebook post allegedly shows a tweet from Medvedev stating that Russia is ready to supply Poland with air defense systems to defend against Ukraine. The image of the alleged tweet was taken 17 hours after its posting with almost 11,000 retweets.

“Russia is ready to supply Poland with the best air defence systems to prevent further agression from Ukraine,” the alleged tweet reads.

This image is digitally fabricated. The tweet does not appear on Medvedev’s verified Twitter account and there are no credible news reports to corroborate the claim. The official Twitters of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland and Poland’s Ministry of National Defence have not responded to the claim.  (RELATED: Did The Atlantic Claim ‘Russians Have Infiltrated The Internet’?)

Poland has shown its support of Ukraine several times. On Twitter, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister has called Russia cruel and has credited Russia with the missile that killed two of their citizens.

In addition, Poland fortified its border with Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad, installing a razor wire fence along the border, according to Deutsche Welles. The article does not indicate either leaders of each county have spoken to one another regarding weapons.

Check Your Fact reached out to the Russian embassy for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. 

This is not the first time misinformation about Russia has spread online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin after the missile struck Poland.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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