11 VII 2017

Statement

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The information contained in the article dated 11 July 2017, which appeared on the website of the internet edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, entitled “Die Moskau-Reise des Herrn Kownacki” and quoted in the article by Gazeta Wyborcza: "FAZ: Russian contacts of Macierewicz's right hand” is a falsehood.

zdjęcie - Statement

Secretary of State in the Ministry of National DefenceMr. Bartosz Kownacki has not maintained, does not maintain and will not maintain any contacts either with pro-Russian organizations, the party “Change” or Mr. Mateusz Piskorski. Minister Kownacki never travelled to Russia at the invitation of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis, and he has never met or been acquainted with Mr. Konrad Rękas.

In 2012, Minister Kownacki participated in the Russian elections as an observer invited by the Alliance of European National Movements, an organization affiliated and funded by the European Parliament. In that role he replaced prof. Ryszard Benderer, Senior Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland and President of the Catholic Intelligence Club in Lublin. Moreover, for that purpose he received permission from the Speaker of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) to use a diplomatic passport, travelling there officially and not as a private person.

During his stay in Russia as an observer, Minister Kownacki met Mr. Mateusz Piskorski, but they didn’t observe the elections together. Furthermore, he had no contact with Mr. Piskorski either prior to or after the Russian elections. Thus, Mr. Piskorski could not have facilitated or mediated any new acquaintances for Minister Kownacki.

Mr. Konrad Schuller, the journalist of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, while asking a question in the above matter did not wait for Minister Kownacki’s response (according to Article 3a of the Press Law, a press inquiry constitutes a request for public information. Based on Article 13 paragraph 1 of the Act on Access to Public Information, such information should be provided no later than 14 days from the date of the request). The journalist wrote the article under a false, preconceived thesis. Such behavior of the German journalist is an example of dishonesty and incompetence.

Furthermore, it is no coincidence that the German press, without any grounds, is attacking Polish Deputy Minister of Defence at the time of signing a very important memorandum with the Government of the United States on the acquisition of the PATRIOT system, what can undoubtedly undermine the interests of German defense industry. The fact of signing the document was also noticed by the Russian media as an important enhancement of defence capabilities of the Republic of Poland while being a threat to the interests of the Russian Federation.

Accusations against the Minister of National Defence Mr. Antoni Macierewicz and the Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence Mr. Bartosz Kownacki of having relations with Russian secret security services or any cooperation with Russia is not grounded in facts, which was repeatedly stated by the Ministry of National Defence.

The Ministry also wants to remind that in a similar case in 2016, the District Court of Warszawa-Mokotów issued a ruling requiring Agora SA Company, the publisher of “Gazeta Wyborcza”, to apologize to Minister Antoni Macierewicz for disseminating false information. "GazetaWyborcza" has so far not fulfilled the court ruling.

Regarding the accusations contained in the book by Mr. Tomasz Piątek, The Ministry of National Defence has filed a criminal complaint to the public prosecutor on 28th of June 2017 r.

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