Contents tagged with Poland

  • Polish Defense Minister: Russia asked for journalists who covered Smolensk plane crash to be 'dealt with'

    The Polish Minister of National Defence, Anthony Macierewicz, said that the Russian Federation asked the Former Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, to "deal" with the journalists who reported on the Smolensk disaster, stating that it was an assassination attempt, as Radio Poland reports.

    "According to the report as well as the reports of the investigative groups and ambassadors, Russia demanded that both the parliamentary groups and journalists who said that the Smolensk disaster was an  …

  • Polish customs control introduces stronger measures at Russian border crossings

    Polish customs officers introduced enhanced control measures on the border with Russia, Lenta.ru reported. The measures affected people crossing the Russian-Polish border. As a result, delays can be expected at checkpoints. These changes by the Polish customs officers is related to the NATO Summit and World Youth Day being held in Poland in the near future.

    As Interfax reported, citing local residents, long queues at the border have become the norm. According to a representative of the Agency, …

  • Volunteer army will be formed in Poland to combat Russian threat

    Poland will establish a volunteer army detachment to help prevent threats from Russia, Spiegel Online reports referring to the Foreign Ministry official responsible for paramilitary groups, Grzegorz Kwasniak.

    According to an official, the goal of establishing the new group is to prepare for a possible hybrid war, like the one Russia is waging against Ukraine.

    It is expected that the establishment of a paramilitary group will begin in September. It will consist of 35,000 volunteers that will …

  • Poland to participate in NATO airspace patrols over Bulgaria and Romania

    Polish fighters will take part in NATO's air patrol mission over Bulgaria and Romania, as stated by the Deputy Defense Minister of Poland, Tomasz Shatkovsky, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    According to Shatkovsky, by participating in the Alliance’s airspace patrol over the Balkans, Warsaw wants to show that Poland is concerned not only about their own safety, but that of all NATO member states.

    As the Deputy Defense Minister explained, NATO’s mission over Romania and Bulgaria will take place …

  • Estonian PM: We expect NATO to establish a firm position in relation to Russia's actions

    The Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, said that one of the outcomes of the July NATO summit should be the strengthening of security in the region. He said this during a meeting with Poland’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, on Wednesday in Warsaw.

    According to him, Poland plays an important role in achieving this outcome.

    Rõivas also expressed hope that the Alliance members will demonstrate a firm stance with regard to Russia’s actions in the Baltic Sea region.

    “Russia constantly …

  • Poland will not renew its contract with Gazprom

    Poland has no plans to renew its long-term contract with the Russian Federation for the supply of gas, which expires in 2022. Reuters cites the Commissioner of the Government of Poland on Issues of Gas and Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski.

    According to Naimski, in order to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland constructed the first terminal for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and also plans to construct the pipeline in the North Sea.

    “We will strive for a situation where a …

  • At least 1,000 NATO soldiers will be sent to Poland

    According to Polish Radio, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz stated after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that at least one NATO battalion consisting of a thousand soldiers will be deployed in Poland after the summit in Warsaw.

    Macierewicz said that in support of strengthening the Alliance, the battalion will be sent to Poland and to three other Baltic States as well. "Our conversation today confirmed that combat battalion groups will be stationed both in Poland …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO to increase its troop levels in Poland

    NATO will strengthen its presence in Poland after the summit, which will be held in Warsaw in July.

    This was stated by NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, at a joint press conference with the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

    “We have agreed to intensify our presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. It will be an international presence,” Stoltenberg said.

    “We are still discussing the exact numbers and locations for this increased presence of NATO troops. We will be making a …

  • Polish officer sentenced to six years in prison for spying for Russia

    On the 26th of April, Zbigniew Yu., a lieutenant-colonel in the Polish Army, was sentenced to six years in prison by the Warsaw Military Court. He was charged with spying for Russia.

    The Polish media reported that $4,300 and a telephone were confiscated. This was alleged to be his payment for the illegal activities. Yu. then made a deal with the prosecution and plead guilty to the charges.

    According to unofficial information, Yu. also gave the investigators the names of Polish servicemen who …

  • Polish President to visit Germany to discuss sanctions against Russia

    The Minister of the Polish President’s Office for Foreign Affairs, Krzysztof Szczerski, stated that the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, will fly to Germany on the 16-17th of June, where he will discuss the issue of extending sanctions against Russia.

    “Andrzej Duda will pay a visit to Germany from the 16 to 17th of June. On the 17th of June, the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, will arrive in Warsaw. Polish-German international consultations will take place on the 22nd of June,” …