Contents tagged with Poland

  • Poland to stop importing Russian coal

    Polish state-owned companies intend to stop buying coal from Russia, said Polish Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin in a broadcast of radio RMF FM.

    In addition to Russia, the state-owned company will stop importing coal from South America, Columbia, Mozambique and the US.

    According to information cited by the Polish newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, in 2018 Poland purchased 20 million tons of coal from abroad, of which 13.5 million was from Russia. The primary importer of Russian coal is …

  • Macron: Russia trying to revise WWII history

    Russia is trying to reinterpret the developments of World War II and place the blame for it on the Polish nation, said French President Emmanuel Macron while speaking to Polish students in Warsaw, Le Monde reports.

    The French leader said that he wants to “affirm France’s solidarity with the Polish nation in the face of an entity which denies reality” and seeks to falsify history.

    The dispute between Russia and Poland regarding the role of both countries in WWII broke out after Russian …

  • Zelensky: Defeat of Russian army in 1920 is an example of Ukraine and Poland uniting

    Ukraine and Poland should emphasize those aspects of their history which unite them, and not those which divide them, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a press conference after meeting with his Polish colleague Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.

    “In our relations, we are focusing on that which unites us (and I am convinced that this will continue). For example, the Battle of Warsaw, the hundredth anniversary of which we will commemorate in August,” he said.

    During this battle in 1920, …

  • Zelensky: Polish president to visit Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his Polish colleague Andrzej Duda might visit Ukraine in 2020.

    “This year we are planning to hold a number of joint events. I believe that one of them will be a visit by Mr President Duda to Ukraine,” said Zelensky during a joint press conference with Duda in Warsaw.

    In May 2020, Poland will hold presidential elections.

    During the first four years of his presidency, Duda visited Ukraine four times.

    However, Duda’s last visit was accompanied …

  • Kaczynski: Russia attacks where it sees weakness and a chance of victory

    Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s Law and Justice party, said that Russia “attacks where it sees a weak spot and a chance of victory”. “This was the case in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine. However, it has problems wherever decisive resistance arises, even diplomatic,” he told Bild in an interview, Polskie Radio reports.

    He pointed out that this also applies to Poland and the Baltics, which is why the presence of NATO troops in these countries is important.

    “Germany should send more troops, …

  • Poland to demand reparation from Russia for World War II

    Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice, told Bild in an interview that Russia must pay Poland reparation for World War II.

    Kaczyński would not specify the possible reparation amount before the special commission has announced its results, DW notes.

    However, the Polish politician expressed doubt that during the current generation’s lifetime Moscow will ever admit responsibility for “destroying Poland’s economy, roads, factories, historical buildings and cultural …

  • Poland demands return of paintings taken to Russia during WWII

    The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has sent new restitution requests to Russia, the ministry announced on its website.

    “The Polish artworks taken away by the authorities of the Soviet Union or its armed forces during World War II or immediately after it ended cannot be considered compensation for the Soviet Union’s military losses. They remain the property of Poland,” the department remarked.

    The restitution requests sent by the Polish ministry in 2004, 2012 and 2014 include …

  • Poland: Soviet Union confiscated culturally important Polish artworks

    The Polish Foreign Ministry said on Twitter that the Soviet Union’s actions during World War II caused “tremendous losses” to Polish Culture.

    “Special divisions of the NKVD (Soviet Union interior ministry) stole valuable works of Polish culture – many of them are still in Russia,” the department tweeted.

    The ministry cited examples of works that were confiscated by the Red Army. These include Lucas Cranach the Elder’s “Madonna and Child” (Głogowska), Antoine Pesne’s “Girl with a Dove”, and …

  • Poland’s parliament declares Germany and Soviet Union equally responsible for start of WWII

    The lower house of Poland’s parliament has adopted a resolution which condemns the false and provocative statements by Russian senior government officials regarding Poland’s responsibility for unleashing World War II.

    The Polish parliamentarians believe that such statements are designed to discredit Poland and to damage Russian-Polish relations.

    “Relations between the countries cannot be built on lies and the falsification of history,” the document states.

    The resolution points out that …

  • Poland to legislatively prohibit Putin’s 'fictitious version of Polish history'

    A resolution against Russian propaganda could be put forward during the next session of Polish parliament, said Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Deputy Marshal of Poland’s Seijm, in a tweet.

    “The fight against lies about Poland and history must be consistent and intense in order to be effective. At the next session of the Sejm, I will present a draft resolution on Russian propaganda,” she wrote, adding that parliament needs a unified position in order to protect the country’s good name.

    Kidawa-Błoń …