EU’s executive backs linking funds to rule of law: official

EU commissioners on Wednesday came out in favour of tying pay-outs of funds to the observance of the rule of law in member states, a senior official said, signalling a move that is strongly opposed by Warsaw. European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said EU bosses would make a final decision next

Use of chemical weapons is barbaric: Polish official

The use of chemical weapons is barbaric, Polish Senate Speaker Stanisław Karczewski said on Wednesday during a Bucharest Group parliamentary summit in the Romanian capital. Karczewski was referring to chemical attacks by the Syrian regime in Douma, near Damascus, and the suspected nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy in Salisbury,

Britain thanks Poland for supporting allied strikes on Syria

Britain's foreign secretary has thanked Poland for its support after the US, UK and France carried out punitive air strikes on Syria, the Polish foreign ministry has said. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz discussed developments in Syria and the allied military operations launched in retaliation

Polish presidential plane was destroyed in air after blast – report

A Polish presidential plane flying to Smolensk, western Russia, in 2010 was “destroyed while in the air as a result of an explosion,” according to a report by investigators released in Warsaw on Wednesday. A commission probing the disaster, which killed President Lech Kaczyński, and 95 others aboard - including top

Russian tycoon hit by US sanctions: report

Firms controlled by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska have seen their shares nose-dive on stock markets in the wake of US sanctions, according to reports. The stock has taken a hit after the United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Deripaska and six other Russian oligarchs as well as 12 companies they

Poland close to ending dispute with Brussels: conservative leader

Poland is well on track to end a dispute with Brussels over legal changes, the leader of the country’s ruling conservatives has said. Jarosław Kaczyński, head of Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, said in a media interview that his country had an “80 percent” chance of reaching an agreement

Four Polish diplomats ordered out of Russia

Four Polish diplomats were on Friday ordered out of Russia in retaliation for Warsaw’s expulsion of four Russian diplomats over a nerve agent attack in Britain. The Polish ambassador to Russia was on Friday summoned to the foreign ministry in Moscow after Warsaw moved to expel Russian diplomats in response to

Poland signs deal to buy US air defence system for $4.75bn

Poland on Wednesday signed what officials described as a historic deal to buy an American Patriot air defence system for USD 4.75 billion. The first Patriot systems are expected to reach Poland in 2022, and further ones in 2024. The contract was formally signed by Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak in a

Putin’s new spy-games rulebook says there are no rules: opinion

President Vladimir Putin has "rewritten the spy-games rulebook" and "there are no rules anymore", US-based Russian historian Yuri Felshtinsky has said, according to Poland’s Gazeta Polska newspaper, after a Russian ex-spy was poisoned in Britain. On March 4, Sergei Skripal, a former agent for Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, was targeted in