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Poland will Deliver the Remaining 10 Leopard 2 Tanks to Ukraine This Week
News, Poland, Ukraine

Poland will Deliver the Remaining 10 Leopard 2 Tanks to Ukraine This Week

This week, Poland will deliver ten Type 2A4 Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said this on Tuesday before flying to Stockholm, where he attends a meeting of European defence ministers. Poland promised to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv at the end of January. Four had already been delivered on February 24, the anniversary of the Russian invasion. So now the remaining ten follow. Blaszczak also said that Poland would set up a maintenance centre for the tanks used in Ukraine. He wants to discuss the matter in Stockholm with German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. "The fundamental issue we will discuss is the low availability of spare parts for the Leopard tanks," said Blaszczak. "I count on Minister Pistorius to use his influence on German indu...
White House: Biden Shows His Commitment to NATO in Poland
Europe, News, Poland, US

White House: Biden Shows His Commitment to NATO in Poland

US President Joe Biden on Friday visited US troops stationed in Poland, not far from the border with Ukraine. The visit was part of his two-day visit to Poland.   The White House said the visit symbolized the US's commitment to protecting other NATO countries, an obligation Biden has repeatedly described as "sacred." Biden visited soldiers from the 82nd US Airborne Division, the last US division to leave Afghanistan last summer and now part of NATO forces in Eastern Europe. US forces have increased their presence in Eastern Europe since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and have currently stationed 10,500 troops in Poland. "You are in the middle of a battle between democracies and autocrats," Biden told the military. "What you do is important, really important." Later, Biden will a...
European Prime Ministers Return Safely to Poland After Visit to Kyiv
Europe, News, Poland, Ukraine

European Prime Ministers Return Safely to Poland After Visit to Kyiv

A Polish government spokesman said that the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic had returned safely to Poland after their visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.   Mateusz Morawiecki (Poland), Janez Jansa (Slovenia) and Petr Fiala (Czech Republic) went by train to Ukraine on Tuesday morning to show support for the government in Kyiv. They were the first government leaders to visit the country since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. In the evening, after their long train journey, the prime ministers met with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky and their Ukrainian counterpart Denis Shmihal.
No Lawsuits in Poland for the Time Being Until Conflict With EU is Resolved
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No Lawsuits in Poland for the Time Being Until Conflict With EU is Resolved

In Poland, the highest court has ruled that no new lawsuits will be accepted for the time being. The decision follows strong criticism from the European Commission. He believes that the judiciary in Poland is not independent and demands adjustments.   Recently, the so-called disciplinary chamber was established in Poland. This was done by the Polish nationalist ruling party PiS, which has had an absolute majority since 2015. The Disciplinary Chamber reviews judges' verdicts on 'ethical conduct' and can fine, demote or dismiss judges. Because the members of that disciplinary chamber are indirectly selected by parliament, dominated by the ruling party PiS, the judiciary as a whole cannot function independently, says the European Court. There has been a struggle between Brussels and W...
Poland and Lithuania Come to the Aid of Residents of Belarus
Belarus, Europe, Lithuania, News, Poland

Poland and Lithuania Come to the Aid of Residents of Belarus

Poland and Lithuania have announced that they want to help residents of neighbouring Belarus.   There have been demonstrations there for almost a week against the controversial election victory of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lithuania has offered to treat Belarusians injured during demonstrations. Security forces are cracking down on protesters and have arrested thousands of people. Poland is making 11 million euros available, among other things to support Belarusians who want to come to Poland. The money is also intended to support independent media and other organizations. The Polish government is also offering students from the neighbouring country the prospect of scholarships. "We have opened our hearts to Belarus. Now we also want to open our borders and universities," ...