Contents tagged with Poland

  • Ukraine to deploy 8,500 security forces and helicopters to the border with Belarus

    Kyiv plans to deploy to the Ukrainian-Belarusian border 8,500 military and police and 15 helicopters. It has been decided to strengthen the border protection in the areas of potential entry of illegal migrants, said the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrsky.

    According to him, it is necessary to build a reliable modern "smart border" with Russia and Belarus as a comprehensive solution to the problem. 17 billion hryvnia ($650 million) will be needed to finance this project. …

  • Lukashenko threatens to block transit of Russian gas to Europe

    Belarus can block the transit of Russian gas to the European Union if "unacceptable" sanctions are imposed against it, said self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander.

    According to him, the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which supplies gas from Western Siberia to Germany through Poland, can be shut down.

    "Poland threatens us that it will close the border. Please close: fewer migrants will move there. That's not the question. What if we close the gas transit through Belarus? It will not be …

  • Russia sends nuclear bombers to Belarus

    Russia has sent strategic bombers to Belarus, where a migrant crisis is continuing on the border with Poland.

    On Wednesday, two Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, “performed patrols in the airspace of the Republic of Belarus" and worked out "interaction with ground control centers," RIA Novosti reported citing the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. “The purpose of the drills was to perform a readiness check of the units of the Joined Regional …

  • Poland accuses Putin of masterminding migrant crisis at its border

    Responsibility for the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border lies with Russia, which pursues an "imperial policy" and directs the actions of the self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing Sejm.

    According to him, Lukashenko is only a tool in the hands of President Vladimir Putin, who through his actions seeks to restore Moscow's global positions.

    "This is the first time in 30 years that we can say that our …

  • Poland to double size of its army making it the largest in Europe

    The Polish government has prepared an updated defense decree, which provides for a sharp increase in the number of the country's armed forces.

    According to Poland Daily Live, the document will replace the military doctrine adopted in 1967, when Poland was part of the Soviet bloc.

    According to the bill, the number of personnel in the Polish army  should double in the coming years  - from 150 to 300 thousand people, which will make it the largest in Europe. Cyber defense units will also be …

  • Poland and Lithuania deploy troops to Belarus’ border as large migrant group tries to break into EU

    A very large group of migrants gathered in Belarus near the border with Poland. They have been trying to break through barbed wire and enter the territory of the European Union, reported the Polish Defense Ministry.

    The Polish Defense Ministry published a video taken from the air, which shows that several hundred people near the border strip from on the Belarusian side. Large groups of migrants are also observed near Grodno, near the border crossings Bruzgi (Belarus) and Kuznica (Poland). …

  • Der Spiegel: Germany ignored Poland's position on Nord Stream 2

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy did not take into account Poland's position in its assessment for the certification of the Russian Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, Der Spiegel reports.

    At the end of October, the Ministry sent to the German Federal Network Agency (the regulatory office for energy sector) an analysis of the reliability of gas supplies. It said that the issuance of the certificate "does not jeopardize the security of gas supplies to Germany and the European …

  • Belarusian soldiers threaten to shoot at Polish border guards

    The Polish Defense Ministry reported about the worsening situation on the Belarusian border due to a large influx of illegal immigrants.

    According to the Polish Defense Ministry, Belarusian soldiers threatened Polish border guards with weapons while trying to move a large group of illegal immigrants across the border.

    The incident occurred on November 3. Polish border guards found a huge group of about 250 illegal migrants trying to cross the border. They were accompanied by Belarusian …

  • Poland to take part in Nord Stream 2 certification

    The Polish oil and gas company PGNiG received the right to participate in the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the company said in a statement.

    "The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) has granted Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA and its German subsidiary - PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH participation in the certification proceedings for Nord Stream 2," the statement reads.

    The Polish side argues that Nord Stream 2 does not meet the formal …

  • Poland, following Belarus, shuts off main Russian oil export pipeline

    The Druzhba oil pipeline, one of Russia’s largest oil export channels to the EU, has been paralyzed by Poland's and Belarus' synchronous decision to shut it off.

    Both branches of the pipeline, built in the 1960s to supply Soviet oil to eastern European countries, were shut off over the weekend.

    Belarus was the first to stop pumping oil. On August 9, the day of President Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Moscow, the state concern Belneftekhim stopped exports along Druzhba’s southern branch in …