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Missile Incident Remains Contentious, EuRoPol Sues Gazprom

  • RMF FM reports that an investigation into an incident involving a Russian cruise missile which fell near the city of Bydgoszcz was taken from military prosecutors and given to the civilian National Public Prosecutor's Office. The incident sowed discord among the Polish authorities, as Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak blamed a top military commander for failing to report a violation of the airspace as the missile crossed the border. Meanwhile, the army insisted that it followed all the procedures and media reports suggested that the decision to stop looking for the debris of the missile was taken "at the political level." Rzeczpospolita reports that the issue was raised at yesterday's meeting of the National Security Bureau yesterday, with President Andrzej Duda seeking to mediate between the Defence Minister and military commanders. The newspaper suggests that both sides of the conflict defended their positions.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin told TVP Info that EuRoPol Gaz SA will seek PLN6bn in damages from Gazprom as "gas that was supposed to flow through Poland does not, so Poland has the right to demand a refund." The company filed a lawsuit, with the case due to be heard by the Arbitration Institute of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
  • Onet reports that the ruling party wants to establish a parliamentary committee to investigate Russian influence in Poland as soon as at the next session of the lower house, with sources indicating that President Andrzej Duda could sign it into law. It is expected that the committee would summon senior officials from the main opposition Civic Platform to testify during the final stages of the election campaign.

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