Poland to pay $414M for US-made rocket launching system
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says the country is signing a $414 million deal with the U.S. government for the purchase of mobile artillery rocket systems.
Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the 20 HIMARS missile launchers and related technology covered by the agreement would significantly increase the combat capability of Poland's armed forces.
NATO military leaders convene in Poland for talks
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister has met with the chief of NATO's Military Committee for talks ahead of a weekend session of military leaders from the alliance's 29 member nations.
Mariusz Blaszczak and Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach met Friday at the Defense Ministry chief office. Poland is seeking greater security amid concerns over Russia's increased military activity in the Baltic region.
Poland to have new military force located in sensitive east
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says the country will boost its military presence in the east with the formation of a new division of the armed forces.
In comments published Monday by the Defense Ministry, Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the new force will be based in Siedlce and will consist of three brigades, two existing ones and one to be formed from new troops.
The move to bolster NATO's eastern flank is a sign that Poland is uneasy about Russia.
Minister in Poland calls LGBT march a ‘parade of sodomites’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term "sodomites" to describe those who took part in a weekend LGBT pride parade.
Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Sunday on TV Trwam, a Catholic, pro-government station, that the march of 5,000 people the day before in the city of Poznan was an example of city authorities focusing on "ideology" rather than taking care of daily municipal issues.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister said Monday that he has held talks with U.S. officials about having thousands of American troops permanently stationed as a deterrent in Poland.
Poland is concerned for its own and the region's security following Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and other steps seen as hostile.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says the defense ministry will explain the substantial amounts of money spent through its government-issued credit and debit cards under the previous minister.
Poland drops passport plan that angered Ukraine, Lithuania
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government has abandoned a plan to illustrate Polish passports with images of landmarks that are today within the borders of Ukraine and Lithuania, the interior minister said Monday.
The plan had angered both of the neighboring countries, with the Ukrainian government calling it an "unfriendly step."
The disputed images were of a Polish military cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine, and the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Polish police chief fired after far-right attack
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government has fired a local police chief following a weekend clash in which far-right nationalists attacked an anti-government protest.
Police have also detained three men suspected in the attack in Radom on Saturday.
State-run news media reported Tuesday that the Interior Ministry had fired Piotr Kostkiewicz, the police chief in Radom.
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Poland's interior minister says the country's government is considering creating container camps for asylum seekers on its border with Belarus, saying a similar system works well in Hungary.
Poland PM feels “quite well” after crash; safety a question
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is feeling "quite well" following her limousine's crash into a tree that appears to have been caused by a young driver in another car, the interior minister said Saturday, but questions arose about the quality of the government agency protecting Polish officials.
Friday night's accident in the southern town of Oswiecim was a second crash of a government limousine so far this year.
Polish police release protesters’ photos, seeking identities
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's interior minister defended the decision to post photos of some anti-government protesters to illustrate the country's "zero tolerance for breaches of the law," but opposition lawmakers Thursday called it an act of "political revenge" intended to intimidate government critics.
Extra security planned for Polish independence marches
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's interior minister says thousands of officers will be providing security next week during Independence Day observances in Warsaw that previously led to violent clashes between politically opposed groups and with police.
Various groups hold marches to celebrate Poland's independence and democracy on Nov.11, a national holiday. Events organized by far-right groups and anarchists often devolve into street fights that sometimes lead to injuries and property damage.
Poland’s ministers in Britain to discuss safety of Poles
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign and interior ministers arrived in Britain Monday for talks about the security of hundreds of thousands of Poles there, following two recent attacks that left one Pole dead and three others injured.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski called the trip "an urgent visit," and said he believed that less protection was being offered to Poles in Britain than to other nationals.
Poland stops Chechen migrants at border citing security
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has denied entry to a group of Chechens because the country is sealing its border to protect the nation and Europe against the threat of terrorism, its interior minister said Wednesday.
Mariusz Blaszczak was commenting on Poland's refusal this week to admit some 200 Chechen migrants who were trying to cross the European Union's external border from Brest, Belarus.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Law enforcement officials in central Poland said Monday that a 48-year-old Iraqi man has been arrested on charges of possessing explosives.
The arrest on Sunday in Lodz took place just days before Pope Francis comes to Poland to meet with hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day. Poland's Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak says the gathering will be safe.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Support for migrants is so central to Pope Francis' vision for the church that he has made welcoming them a potential test for those seeking entry to Heaven on Judgment Day.
The pontiff's advocacy for refugee rights faces a diplomatic test Wednesday when he begins a five-day visit to Poland, where a populist government has slammed the door on most asylum-seekers.
Francis is scheduled to meet Polish President Andrzej Duda in Krakow's...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — People attending Pope Francis' meetings with world youth in Poland should expect detailed security checks before entering, police said Friday.
A number of big events will be held in Krakow and nearby in southern Poland during the World Youth Day celebrations July 27-31.
At a time of terror attacks in Western Europe, security at the events has been a major concern. Poland's Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has stressed that top professional...