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Europe’s 3rd largest defence industry exhibition takes off in Poland

KIELCE (Poland), Sept 4 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The 27th edition of the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO 2019), Europe’s third-largest exhibition of its kind, opened here Tuesday.

Featuring the latest of helicopters, armoured equipment and rockets, aviation equipment, air defence systems, medical equipment as well as cutting-edge communication technologies, the four-day event is being held at the Targi Kielce Exhibition and Congress Centre here.

The expo known by its Polish acronym, MSPO, is also Poland’s premier defence show.

U.S.'s Pence calls for vigilance about Russian election meddling

WARSAW (Reuters) - It is necessary to remain alert to Russian interference in elections around the world, United States Vice President Michael Pence said on Monday in Warsaw.

“With its efforts to meddle in elections across Europe and around the world now is the time for us to remain vigilant about the intentions and the actions being taken by Russia,” Pence said during the conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Poland wants sanctions against Russia over Crimea to continue

WARSAW (Reuters) - President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday that Poland saw a need to maintain Western sanctions against Russia over its 2014 annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine.

He also said Ukraine should have closer relations with the European Union and the NATO military alliance.

The EU and the United States have both imposed sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict.

Germany expresses 'deep shame' for Nazi destruction of Poland

01 August 2019; DW: At an event marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Germany recognized its moral responsibility for Nazi wartime atrocities in Poland. But Foreign Minister Heiko Maas ruled out financial reparations.

While on an official visit to Poland, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday participated in commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.

Berlin feels moral responsibility for Nazi Germany's devastation of Poland, Maas said.

Polish court approves extradition of suspect in Siberian mall tragedy

WARSAW, July 5. /TASS/: A court in Poland has approved the extradition of Vyacheslav Vishnevsky, a former owner of the Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall in Russia’s Siberian city of Kemerovo, where 60 people died in fire in 2018.

"Concerning the case of Vyacheslav V. [in line with the Polish law, the suspect’s second name must not be disclosed], we inform that the District Court of Warsaw has issued a ruling on legal permissibility of the wanted person’s extradition to the Russian Federation," the Warsaw District Court’s press service said on Friday.

Polish hotel cancels on Germany's far-right AfD

29 June 2019; DW: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) had to cancel plans for a gathering in western Poland on Friday, after the Radisson Blu Hotel in Szczecin unceremoniously nixed their reservations two hours before the meeting. The said there had been a power outage.

Spokesman Christian Lüth told French news agency AFP that he believed "political reasons" were behind the decision.

"We had repeatedly confirmed the reservation," he added. "There will be legal action."

German pilot killed in Polish air show tailspin

16 June 2019; DW: A German pilot performing an aerobatic stunt at an air show in northwestern Poland was killed on Saturday when his plane nosedived into a river.

The former Lufthansa employee, who is thought to have been in his 60s, was flying a Russian-made Yakolev Yak-52 aerobatic plane close to the city of Plock, about 110 kilometers from Warsaw, when his aircraft suddenly went into a tailspin during a turn.

Poland cancels Israeli visit amid Holocaust restitution row

13 May 2019; DW: Poland has called off a visit by Israeli officials, claiming they were seeking to force talks on the restitution of Jewish property seized during World War II.

The Polish Foreign Ministry on Monday said it had scrapped the planned visit of an Israeli delegation at short notice, claiming the officials were trying to force through talks on restitution.

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