Contents tagged with Poland

  • 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 …

  • Construction of new US missile defense installation begins in Poland

    Construction of a new US missile defense base has begun in the Polish village of Redzikowo.

    The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, and US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported with reference to TVN 24.

    On Thursday, the US’s European missile defense system in Romania was officially declared operational.

    According to Washington, the missile defense …

  • Saudi exports of oil to Poland alarm Russian oil companies

    The Polish company Orlen has entered into a contract to receive oil from Saudi Arabia, provoking anxiety among Russian oil companies, as reported by Radio Poland. It is the first contract of its kind in Eastern Europe and may be followed by more. This can call into question the positions of traditional suppliers from Russia, headed by Rosneft.

    The head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, has been afraid of this scenario since October of last year, the edition notes. He warned that the reduction of prices …

  • Polish MEPs threaten Russia with new sanctions because of imprisoned Ukrainians

    As reported by The Open Dialogue Foundation on May 5th, MEPs Jacek Saryusz Wolski and Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski wrote letters to the heads of the Russian prison facilities where Ukrainian citizens Nikolai Karpyuk, Stakislav Klich, Gennady Afanasiev, Alexander Kostenko and Yurii Soloshenko are being detained.

    The MEPs warned that if the rights of Ukrainians are further violated, the number of Russians in the EU sanction list may increase.

    The MEPs are particularly concerned about the …