Tusk summoned to testify in Polish-Russian security probe
March 14, 2017
Donald Tusk, the European Council president, has been summoned to appear at the Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw on March 15 for questioning in a probe into cooperation of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) with the Russian FSB.
The case relates to events in 2010 when Tusk was Poland's prime minister.
“Donald Tusk has been summoned as a witness in a case against former secret service officials who were charged with exceeding their powers and alleged cooperation with intelligence services of another country without the permission of the prime minister,” Michal Dziekanski, a spokesman for Warsaw prosecutors said.
Polish media said the other country was Russia, and the reference was to the FSB, successor to the KGB.
The former head of the SKW General Janusz Nosek told radio broadcaster RMF FM that military counter-intelligence had worked with Russian colleagues on allowing the armed forces of Poland serving in Afghanistan to move military technology and equipment through the territory of the Russian Federation. According to him Tusk was fully aware of the co-operation of secret services with Russia and had authorized it. Nosek said that the agreement with the FSB did not threaten the country, and, “on the contrary, served the state’s interests and security .”
He said the case was politically motivated and aimed at discrediting the leadership of SKW in the times of the previous Polish ruling party Civic Platform (PO), headed by Tusk.
Tusk’s spokesman, Preben Aamann, said that Tusk was ready to testify but would not be able to come to Poland on March 15 because of prior engagements in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Warsaw Prosecutor's Office said it would set a new date for the hearing.