Contents tagged with Poland

  • 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 …

  • Polish Defense Minister: Plane crash that killed Polish President in 2010 was an act of terrorism

    Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that the plane crash near Smolensk that took the life of President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish officials was an act of terrorism. Macierewicz said that the act was aimed at depriving Poland of the people who led the country to independence. The Minister did not directly say that Moscow was responsible, BBC reported.

    Earlier, an inquiry found that the plane crashed due to pilot error, but Poland recently opened a fresh probe into the crash. …

  • Poland plans to install observation towers along eastern border

    Poland’s Head of the Border Service, Marek Lapinsky, reported that Poland has 25 observation towers set up along its border but has made plans to install 23 more along its eastern perimeter.

    "From 2016-2022 we plan to restore and develop the system of the technical control and surveillance of the state border. This applies mostly to system of the observation towers situated in the immediate vicinity of the border. Today we use 25 towers and all of them should be 48" he said.

    According to …

  • Anti-Ukrainian Documentary Shown on Polish TV Channel

    On February 21st, Polish TV Channel TVN24 broadcasted the controversial documentary film The Masks of the Revolution during the program Eva Evart Advises. The director of the film is French journalist Paul Moreira. This documentary film depicts  the events in the Kiev Euromaidan movement as a riot started by radical nationalists. The film is full of allusions to the leading role of the US in the events in Kiev two years ago. It hints at the fact that the Russian annexation of Crimea was …

  • Russia and Poland Agree on a Temporary Resumption of Freight Transit

    According to the agreement between Warsaw and Moscow, Polish and Russian freight carriers will be given 20,000 transport permits, which will be valid until April 15th.

    Gazeta Wyborcza reported that the two countries finalized this agreement on February 19th.

    As the newspaper reports, the Deputy for the Infrastructure of Poland, Jerzy Schmidt, and the Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia, Nicolay Asaul, signed an agreement in Moscow, which by the end of this week will allow temporary …

  • Poland asks US for Help with Investigation into Plane Crash that Killed President Kaczynski in 2010

    Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that on Monday, during his visit to the U.S., he will ask for Washington's help with the investigation into the Smolensk disaster that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in 2010.

    "We'll ask whether the U.S. has any data that could be useful in the investigation of the crash... Perhaps their satellites recorded something at the moment of the disaster, or whether U.S. intelligence has received information which could be important," as quoted …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: NATO's old obligations to Russia are no longer relevant

    Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski believes that NATO should build up military infrastructure in Eastern Europe, despite the old obligations of the Alliance to Russia.

    He said this in a speech at the Munich Security Conference, according to a correspondent of Evropeiskaya Pravda in Munich.

    Waszczykowski said that the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and Russia from 1997, in his opinion, has lost relevance and the Alliance is no longer obligated  …