Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions fuel EU-Russia tensions

Tensions between the EU and Russia have heightened amid a spate of tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions. Russia said several of its embassy staff had been expelled from Poland and that it had taken what it described as an “adequate” response. A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said Poland’s actions were “unfriendly and unfounded,” adding that four Polish […]

Poland closes embassy in Syria , evacuated its diplomats

Poland has closed its embassy in Syria and evacuated its diplomats because of the deteriorating security situation in Damascus. The embassy had also representing U.S. interests in the country in recent months. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said he took the decision out of concern for the security of the embassy’s staff, who have already […]

Kaczynski’s plane crash focusses attention on Tupolev-154

The death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash is likely to raise questions about the 20-year-old Tupolev-154 he was travelling in. The BBC’s Adam Easton reports from Warsaw that there had been calls for Polish leaders to upgrade their planes. And in late 2008 Mr Kaczynski had suffered a couple of scares. […]

Plane crash: World leaders pay tribute to Polish leader

World leaders, agencies and officials mourned the death of Polish president Lech Kaczynski who was killed in a plane crash early Saturday. U.S. President Barack Obama: “Today, I called Polish Prime Minister Tusk to express Michelle’s and my deepest condolences to the people of Poland on the tragic deaths this morning of President Lech Kaczynski, […]