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I know from many consuls that the matter was much broader, it was some tragic operation on national security – this is what Paweł Kowal, an MP from the Civic Coalition, said about the visa scandal in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24. – I have my information. I believe this is a beginning, because it is not just a matter of one Edgar Kobos. This is not a matter of just one deputy minister, Piotr Wawrzyk, he added.

Former head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, testified before the commission of inquiry into the visa scandal. He said he was the first person to receive information about abuses at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – I personally commissioned the CBA to clarify this matter – he said. He added that he had received information that former deputy minister Piotr Wawrzyk “was aware” of the activities carried out by Edgar Kobos in matters related to issuing visas. Wawrzyk, I commented on these words. “I was not 'aware' of Kobos' criminal activities,” he wrote.

Mariusz Kamiński before the investigative commission about the scandal, cash in Kobos' house and Wawrzyk's “awareness”. The former deputy minister responds to him

Aleksander Dańda, who is currently the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Mumbai, and until September 2023 was the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong, also testified before the Sejm committee on Monday. He said, among other things, that the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent several e-mails with the names of several hundred foreigners asking for priority treatment. – I felt that this was a request suggesting that these applications should be considered. For me and my employees, these were instructions that we should take seriously, he said. He also admitted that he “felt intimidated” and “did not fully understand why a person like Kobos operated in the close environment of Deputy Minister Wawrzyk” and the Consular Department knew about it.

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Kobos insisted he “felt intimidated.” He printed “Unusual Letters” and locked it in a safe

Kowal on the visa scandal: I have my information, it is not a matter of one deputy minister

The matter was commented on in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 by Paweł Kowal, MP of the Civic Coalition, chairman of the Council for Cooperation with Ukraine.

– I know from many consuls that the matter was much broader – pressure, sending letters to consuls and calling from the headquarters: “take, issue 20 or 30 visas according to the list to unverified persons.” It was a drama, a misfortune and a tragic operation on national security, on the security of Poland. Opening the door to Poland to who knows who, in the complete absence of a migration policy, said Kowal.

– After all, it was like that they (the previous government – ed.) let in a lot of immigrants, at the same time harassing them, but not preparing any legal framework or training even for those whom they themselves quietly let in, (…) nor local governments where they were supposed to come, he continued.

– I think this is the beginning. I have my information, I think this is the beginning, because it is not just a matter of one Edgar (Kobos – ed.). This is not just a matter of one deputy minister (Wawrzyk – ed.). This is a matter of a complete lack of policy and allowing anyone to enter Poland, perhaps partly for bribes, which turns out to be the case today – said the KO MP.

Kowal: the president puts in some proposals instead of consulting them with the government

Kowal also talked about President Andrzej Duda's declaration regarding the possibility of Poland joining the Nuclear Sharing program.

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The MP said that these were matters for the National Security Council and to be “closely discussed with the government.” – For some time now it has been visible that the president has been putting forward some proposals that seem good from the point of view of security – he continued. He added that the head of state should consult them before announcing them publicly.

He emphasized that due to the geopolitical situation, one cannot say “anything like at a scientific seminar.” – Please note that the Prime Minister did not say “no” to anything, he simply said that there is an appropriate place and appropriate mode to talk to the president – added Kowal.

Kowal: the president puts in some proposals instead of consulting them with the governmentTVN24

Kowal: Johnson's decision was made before President Duda's meeting with Trump

Kowal also referred to the aid package for Ukraine adopted on Saturday by the US House of Representatives. He was asked whether he believed that the conversation that President Andrzej Duda had with Donald Trump in New York a few days earlier could have contributed to the vote in the House of Representatives.

– I don't know what the conversation between President Duda and former President Trump was like. However, it is known that Johnson's decision was made earlier. Before leaving for the United States, I learned from a person well versed in American relations that this will happen this week, said Kowal.

In his opinion, President Duda's role in persuading Western allies to continue helping Ukraine should be greater. As he said, he would expect President Duda to clearly tell Western politicians, especially Trump, what threat the lack of aid for Ukraine would pose. At the same time, he said that “today the key is not to let Putin go any further and to understand the consequences for the security of Poland and the entire West if Putin were to break the front line.”

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