Contents tagged with Poland

  • Leader of Polish pro-Russian party arrested

    Polish radio reports that the Agency of Internal Security of Poland arrested Mateusz Piskorski, leader of the pro-Russian party, Zmiana. According to the media reports, the Special Services raided the party office and the premises of some of its leaders.The party itself also reported the raid through Facebook. "This morning the employees of the Internal Security Agency raided the premises of Zmiana`s party members, seizing hard drives, storage media and documents,” the message stated. Two …

  • Polish President accuses Russia of undermining European security

    During his visit to Italy, Polish President Andrzej Duda spoke out against the isolation of Russia, Polish radio reports. “No one is interested in a new cold war,” Duda stated during his speech at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

    President Duda called for dialogue with Moscow based on the principles of international law. At the same time, he noted that Russian actions in Ukraine undermine the security system in Europe.

    Earlier, Andrzej Duda spoke of the new phases of deployment of an  …

  • Poland plans to increase the size of its army to 150,000 soldiers

    The Defense Minister of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, said that the country plans to increase the size of their army to 150,000 soldiers.

    This, in addition to implementing changes in the leadership and command of the Polish forces, is the main objective of the Ministry, according to statements made by Macierewicz on the 17th of May.

    He added that the first steps towards increasing the army include the removal of restrictions on promotions of junior officers, as well as the removal of 12-year …

  • NATO exercises begin in Poland

    NATO’s Brilliant Jump 2016 exercises began in Poland on Tuesday, Radio Polsha reported. 1,500 soldiers of the Polish, Spanish, and British armed forces will participate in the ten-day exercise in Lubusz in western Poland.

    The maneuvers will take place under the Dutch Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.

    Brilliant Jump will focus on quickly transporting personnel and military equipment to areas of potential threat, which will help Poland to develop its own immediate reaction forces.

    A similar …

  • Poland says NATO should not abide by its agreements with Russia

    NATO should not adhere to the agreement between Russia and NATO, believes the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski.

    "This document is a political commitment; it is not legally binding,” said the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry in Tallinn at the Lennart Meri Conference. “I do not think that we should implement this treaty."

    He reminded that the treaty was signed in 1997, but the situation with Russia has changed since then. The promises were made by the NATO of that …

  • US Deputy Defense Secretary: Putin's threats over missile defense shield are problematic

    As was stated by the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert Work, the Pentagon is concerned about statements made by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding threats against Russia due to the placement of U.S. ABM systems, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    “We would like to ask Russia to think about what they are saying, because we intend to cooperate with them wherever possible. However, such threats are highly problematic and of serious concern to us,” Work said.

    On the 13th of May, Work …

  • Polish Navy to acquire surveillance aircraft for use in the Baltic Sea

    The Ministry of Defense of Poland has begun discussing plans to acquire new surveillance and maritime patrol aircraft for use in the Baltic Sea, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported with reference to Defense News.

    The Ministry plans to purchase three surveillance aircraft by 2023, and three maritime patrol aircraft by 2030.

    Meanwhile, it is unclear whether the current government will continue the plan of the previous Cabinet of Ministers to allocate additional funds for the overhaul and modernization …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: We need to return to traditional methods to deal with Russia

    The Polish Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, stated that while addressing of international challenges it is necessary to refuse to cooperate with Russia and return to traditional methods of protecting NATO member countries, TASS reports.

    Waszczykowski believes that Russia’s actions raise the question of "no longer believing that it is possible to address international challenges with Russia.”

    Instead, he suggested a return to “strategic, geopolitical thinking; to normal, traditional …

  • Polish Minister of Defense: Russia has no understanding of the current world

    Russia does not understand the current world and the reasons behind Polish actions, as stated by Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz in his speech at the ground breaking ceremony of a new US missile defense base in the North of Poland.

    "Russians don't understand the current world. They don't understand our actions" stated the Minister, Radio Poland reported.

    "And this is the  biggest problem with our neighbor . They don't understand that each country has the right to live in peace …

  • NATO to hold military exercises in Poland

    As reported by Radio Poland, NATO rapid response exercises Brilliant Jump will take place in the Żagań and Świętoszów training ranges from May 17th to May 27th.This is one in a series of NATO exercises “designed to prove the concept of NATO’s Readiness Action Plan (RAP) and at the same time to put to the test all its core elements, including the NATO Command Structure (NCS) and a number of Headquarters throughout Europe.”

    The exercises require a high level of cooperative actions among all …