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Spying probe in Poland is 'political': Donald Tusk

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Roberto Galea 20.04.2017 07:38
An ongoing spying probe being conducted by Polish authorities is political in nature, said former prime minister Donald Tusk who appeared as a witness on Wednesday.
Donald Tusk after leaving the prosecutor's office in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Paweł SupernakDonald Tusk after leaving the prosecutor's office in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

“The whole affair is very political in nature,” said Tusk, who now serves as the head of the European Council, as he was leaving the prosecutor's office in Warsaw following an eight-hour session.

He said that he decided to attend the hearing due to his respect for Poland.

Tusk added that he could not divulge any of the details of the case due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

Tusk looks out at supporters standing outside the prosecutor's office in Warsaw during the hearing on Wednesday. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kamiński

Prosecutors in Poland are investigating an alleged secret deal between Russian and Polish intelligence services at the time when Tusk headed the government, according to media reports.

A spokesman for the district Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw has previously said that Tusk has been summoned in a probe into former bosses of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) allegedly cooperating with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

The FSB is Russia’s principal security agency and the main successor agency to the KGB. Relations between Moscow and Warsaw are tense while Russian intelligence services are widely seen in Poland as hostile to this country. (rg/pk)

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