Contents tagged with Poland

  • 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 …

  • In 2019 volume of Russian gas transit through Ukraine grew with Poland's help

    In 2019, the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine went up by 3%, even though it was supposed to go down. Kyiv was assisted by Warsaw, which in court managed to have additional restrictions placed on the ground-based continuation of the Nord Stream pipeline in Germany.

    According to the operational data of the Ukrainian national oil and gas company UkrTransGaz’s , 89.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas was transported through Ukraine in 2019, 2.7 bcm more than in 2018. The Ukrainian gas …

  • Seven Ukrainians detained in Poland on extradition request from Russia

    Between 2016 and 2019, 19 Ukrainians have been arrested in Poland due to Russia placing their details on the Interpol system in connection with an extradition request, Hromadske Radio reports, citing the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    Seven Ukrainians have now been arrested in Poland due to an extradition request from Russia. A Polish court has ruled that another three Ukrainian citizens may not leave the country.

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry emphasized that the extradition of four Ukrainian …

  • Poland’s chief rabbi outraged by Putin’s World War II comment

    Klara Kołodziejska-Połtyn, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, and Chief Polish Rabbi Michael Schudrich have responded to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he called the Polish diplomat Józef Lipski, who worked in Nazi Germany, an “anti-Semitic swine”. Extracts from their comments were published by the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

    Kołodziejska-Połtyn and Schudrich called Putin’s statements “outrageous”. “Recently Russian President …

  • Polish Foreign Ministry: We are prepared for a very long information war with Russia

    Responding to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Poland’s role in World War II, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski said that Warsaw is prepared for a lengthy information war with Russia, reports tvn.24.

    “We are ready for a very long information war with Russia,” he said.

    Jablonski also said that Warsaw deliberately refrained from commenting on Putin’s statement initially, in order to observe how things would develop.

    “You can respond very quickly, without …

  • Polish Prime Minister: USSR was an ally of Nazi Germany

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the Molotov—Ribbentrop Pact was initially a Union agreement between the USSR and Nazi Germany.

    Morawiecki also accused the Russian authorities of supporting Stalinism.

    "Russian citizens are the main victims of Stalin, one of the greatest criminals in world history, and therefore they deserve the truth. I believe that the Russians are a nation of free people, and they reject Stalinism, even if Putin's government is trying to justify it," wrote …

  • Poland and Slovakia express readiness for ‘gas war’ between Russia and Ukraine

    Polish oil and gas state company PGNiG stated that Poland is prepared if the transit of Russian gas to Europe through Ukrainian territory stops. The company has also presented possible options for fuel supplies in 2019-2023.

    “If gas transit stops from the beginning of 2020, gas production in Poland, its reserves, and imports, including through Belarus, will amount to 25.6 billion cubic meters of gas per year with a total consumption of 19 billion.  If, after the expiration of the agreement …