Contents tagged with Poland

  • Polish media: Russia replaced the bodies of the victims of the Smolensk plane crash

    Five months after the disaster near Smolensk, the former Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, has been notified that the Russians put a different body in the coffin of the exiled President, Ryszard Kaczorowski, as reported by Gazeta Polska.

    "On the 24th of September, 2010 the leaders of the Polish government received information that would become the turning point in the investigation of the Smolensk catastrophe," the edition writes.

    It is reported that the then Ambassador to Moscow, Jerzy Bahr, told …

  • Russia asks OSCE and UNESCO to intervene to protect Soviet monuments in Poland

    Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation appealed to UNESCO and the OSCE in connection with the fact that, according to their opinion, Poland's intention to dismantle the Soviet monuments are in violation of the agreement on the protection of historical monuments and graves signed in 1994. This statement was made on April 4 by the Chairwoman of the Civic Chamber Commission on Development of Public Diplomacy and Support of Russian Compatriots Abroad, Elena Sutormina, as reported by …

  • Over 20 tons of Polish apples destroyed in Tula region of Russia

    According to Russian authorities, on the federal highway between Moscow and Crimea, 1,450 boxes of apples weighing over 20 tons were found during an inspection of a vehicle coming from Belarus to Voronezh. “During the visual inspection of the regulated products, marked ‘Country of Origin – Poland’ was found,” the statement read.

    Products that are not permitted for entry into the Russian Federation were confiscated at the Tula training site.  

    Destruction of contraband is in accordance with …

  • Freight traffic between Poland and Russia may be suspended

    The transport of goods between Russia and Poland may be temporarily suspended if the parties fail to agree on permit quotas for 2016, according to the Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Transport, Mukola Asaul, as reported by RIA Novosti."As for the permit quota, the number of permit forms for the current year, an agreement has not been reached. The debate continues and there is the likelihood that we will not reach a mutually acceptable solution and freight transport may be temporarily …

  • President of Poland: Russia must withdraw from Crimea

    Poland does not want a return to the Cold War, according to Polish President Andrzej Duda. Relations with Russia "must return to the way geopolitical relations were before the annexation of the Crimea," he added, according to his press service."We must demand the return to pre-annexation geopolitical relations. This means that Russia should withdraw from the Ukrainian peninsula," Duda said at the National Press Club in Washington, while visiting the US to attend the Washington Summit on Nuclear …

  • Polish court finds Belarusian citizen guilty of espionage

    On March 23rd, a District Court in Warsaw found Yuriy K., a Belarusian citizen, guilty of espionage. The court determined that the Belarusian took photos of several important Polish military facilities, including air bases in Powidz, Krzesiny, Świdwin and Świnoujście, from 2009 until his arrest in 2014, Radio Polsha reported

    According to the court, Yuri K. used his mobile phone to communicate with a Belarusian officer, from whom he took orders.

    The 35-year-old Yuri K., who is now in custody, …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus does not need to choose between Russia and the EU

    During a meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that his country does not need to choose between East and West, between Russia and the European Union, RBC reported.  

    "If the partners with whom we are in dialogue insist that we have to choose between the East or the West - that is, whether you are with Russia or the European Union, to put such a choice in front of us and to put us in such a position is inappropriate. I am …

  • Poland forms new commission to investigate Smolensk plane crash in 2010

    The Ministry of Justice of Poland formed a new commission to investigate the plane crash near Smolensk in April 2010 that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyńsk. According to Polish Radio, it will include "experienced prosecutors from across the country," and will be headed by the Deputy Attorney General, Marek Pasionek.

    "The task of the group is to conduct a full, comprehensive analysis of all materials associated with the tragedy near Smolensk, concerning the main and all other related …

  • Poland to send a company of soldiers to the Baltic States

    During the meeting with the Minister of Defence of Latvia, Raimonds Bergmanis, the Polish Defence Minister, Anthony Macierewicz, confirmed that Poland will send a company of soldiers to the Baltic States, as reported by the main online news publication in the Baltic States Delfi, with reference to the Press Department of the Ministry of Defense of Latvia.

    Currently the soldiers of the US Army, on a rotational basis in Eastern Europe, are stationed in Latvia. Previously, soldiers from other …

  • Russian investigator: Wreckage of Polish plane will not be handed over until investigation is complete

    The wreckage of the plane that crashed near Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński in April of 2010 will not be handed over until the investigation concerning this criminal case is complete, as was reported by the official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Markin.

    "Of course, the wreckage of the plane contains evidence of the criminal case and cannot be given back to Poland until all investigations have been completed, this is in …