Contents tagged with Poland

  • Poland explains why Putin is not invited to World War II commemoration

    Krzysztof Szczerski, Chief of Cabinet for Polish President Andrzej Duda, explained the president’s decision not to invite Vladimir Putin to the events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, Radio Liberty reports.

    Szczerski told the Polish Press Agency that Poland will commemorate the date alongside representatives of countries that cooperate with Warsaw to ensure peace on the basis of compliance with international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial …

  • Poland did not invite Putin to the 80th anniversary of World War II outbreak

    The office of Poland’s President Andrzej Duda did not invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to participate in the events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Second World War outbreak.

    “Russia is not included in the list of the invited countries,” Radio Poland quoted the president’s spokesman Błażej Spychalski.

    According to Spychalski, "the invitations have been issued according to a modern, not a historical context," therefore, it was decided to refuse Putin’s presence, reads the …

  • On the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation Poland pledges continued support to Ukraine

    On the fifth anniversary of the Crimea’s annexation, Poland expresses its support to Ukraine and Ukrainians who live in the Crimea, wrote the Polish Embassy to Ukraine on Twitter.

    Polish diplomats stressed that forcible change of the borders should not be allowed. "Poland and Poles remember Ukraine and its citizens who remained in annexed Crimea. We will not stop our efforts to return Ukraine's territorial integrity. We cannot allow the forcible change of state borders to be legalized,” the …

  • Polish officer: Russia made Kaliningrad region a ‘military scarecrow’

    Colonel of the Reserve Marek Wrzosek called the Kaliningrad region of Russia a “military scarecrow” because of the number of weapons deployed there. The Colonel noted that Moscow has recently been increasing equipment stationed near the western borders of the country.

    Earlier this week, air defenses in the Kaliningrad region were reinforced with a regiment of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems. Wrzosek also referred to reports by Russian media in early March regarding the transfer of …

  • Poland appoints new Ambassador to Ukraine

    Poland has appointed the Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland as the new Ambassador to Ukraine, reported the press service of the Polish Foreign Ministry on Twitter. "The Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowic, on behalf of the Polish President, handed Bartosz Cichocki his nomination to the post of Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine,” the statement reads.

    The former ambassador, Jan Piekto had served at his post since October 2016. His resignation was revealed on December 19 and he …

  • Poland to spend record $48.9 billion on army upgrades

    The technical plan to modernize the Polish army will require 185 billion Polish złotys (around $48.9 billion) in financing for the several programs it includes. The relevant document has already been signed by Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, the Polish government website reports.

    “This is a record plan in terms of the amount of financing,” Błaszczak observed.

    According to the minister, the programs included in the plan reflect the army’s current objectives. One of them is to “reinforce …

  • Future Polish ambassador to Kyiv: Ukraine building its identity on 'often false images of the past'

    Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki, who is soon to become his country’s ambassador to Kyiv, believes that Ukraine is forming its identity on “simplified and often false images of the past”. 

    “The Ukrainian government is trying to build an identity on simplified and often false images of the past because the modern consciousness of Ukrainian society lacks well-defined uniting elements. In this situation, it is clear why Donald Tusk was pointedly welcomed in Kyiv and Lviv. His …

  • Poland accuses European Commission of acting in Russia’s interests

    The Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland, Marek Grubarchik, expressed his opinion that protests against the construction of the canal through the Vistula (Baltic) Spit, which should connect the Baltic Sea to the Vistula Lagoon started because of Russia, reports Polish Radio. 

    According to the radio station, the European Commission initiated a meeting with Poland’s representatives, after it announced the start of the shipping canal construction work. The European Union …

  • Lithuania to propose new sanctions against Russia

    During a visit to Poland, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that Vilnius intends to propose additional sanctions against Russia if Moscow continues its aggressive policy towards Ukraine, BNS reports. 

    “If things continue to develop poorly, and Russia doesn’t start talking, but continues its aggressive policy throughout Ukraine and at the Kerch Strait, then, without a doubt, we will propose additional sanctions,” the Lithuanian leader told reporters in Lublin. 

    She added that the EU …

  • Polish President stresses the importance of military cooperation between Poland and Ukraine

    Polish President Andrzej Duda stressed the importance of cooperation between his country and Ukraine as “Poland's big neighbor, which has an ambition to become a member of NATO”.  

    Duda spoke bout Ukraine’s contribution to the brigade during his visit to the headquarters of the international LitPolUkrbrig brigade named after Konstantin Ostrogsky in Lublin together with the presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania, the press service of the Ukrainian President reported.

    Duda drew attention to the …