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President Andrzej Duda will talk with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday – there are plans to talk about agriculture or a hybrid attack by Belarus on the Polish border. Mourning continues in Russian Dagestan after a series of terrorist attacks that killed 17 people. The police detained three people in connection with a samurai sword attack in Lower Silesia. Here are five things to know on Monday, June 24.

1. President Duda in the Middle Kingdom

The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, has been in China since Saturday on an official visit, the highlight of which will be the political talks scheduled for today in Beijing. The Polish leader will first meet Prime Minister Li Qiang, then with the chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Parliament, Zhao Leji, and then with the leader of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping. During the five-day official visit, the president will also deliver a speech at economic forums in Dalian and Shanghai.

On Sunday, President Duda awarded state decorations to people who made contributions to the development of bilateral cooperation with Poland. Among others, Officer's and Knight's Crosses of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland were awarded.

President Andrzej Duda awarded those distinguished for services to the development of bilateral cooperation with the People's Republic of ChinaMarek Borawski/KPRP

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This is the president's third visit to China. Among its goals, Andrzej Duda mentioned, among others, “gaining greater opening of the Chinese market, primarily for our agricultural products.”

President Andrzej Duda in ChinaPAP/Radek Pietruszka

– We will sign several agreements there, but the most important are the ongoing efforts, which I hope will be successful in terms of opening the Chinese market to Polish poultry, and I hope that in the future the opening of the Chinese market to beef products will be successful. This is also a very important element, we hope for greater Chinese investments in Poland. I will also talk about this with President Xi Jinping, the president announced before the trip.

President Andrzej Duda's visit to ChinaReuters

2. Terrorist attacks in Russia

On Sunday in Derbent and Makhachkala Terrorist attacks took place in Dagestan in southern Russia. The attackers attacked two Orthodox temples, two synagogues and a traffic police station. 17 people died, including police officers and an Orthodox priest.

The attackers set fire to the church

The attackers set fire to the churchReuters

According to various sources, five or six attackers died as a result of the fighting. According to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the attack was carried out by the branch of the Islamic State in the North Caucasus – “Wilayet Kaukaski”, which the Russian services have tried – unsuccessfully – to deal with as part of an anti-terrorist operation since March 2024. According to ISW, “Russia's increasingly tense relations with the Muslim minority, especially in the Caucasus, will likely continue to provide the Caucasus Vilayet and other extremist groups with a valuable recruitment base.”

After Sunday's attack, three days of mourning were announced in Derbent and Makhachkala in Dagestan.

3. A drastic attack with a samurai sword in Lower Silesia

Three people – including the probable attacker – were detained by the police in connection with attack with a samurai sword on a man in Boguszów-Gorce in Lower Silesia.

According to the police, the attacker used a samurai sword and “struck two blows to the right thigh and right hand.” The injured person was taken to hospital, where doctors saved his life and hand. The attack was recorded by one of the surveillance cameras. The perpetrators' motive is unknown, but according to “Gazeta Wrocławska” it was jealousy.

Monitoring recorded an attack with a samurai sword on a man in Boguszów-GorceTV DAMI Region

4. A hair's breadth away from a sensation at Euro 2024

Switzerland drew with Germany 1-1 and joined the hosts as the second team from Group A to appear in the 1/8 finals of Euro 2024.

The Swiss players almost caused a sensation for the viewers. Although the Germans already had promotion to the 1/8 finals in their pocket after victories against Hungary and Scotland, in Sunday's match they could not be sure that they would remain leaders in the table. All the more so because in the 28th minute, a goal by Dana Ndoye gave the Swiss the lead. The tournament hosts had to wait until added time to equalize.

A surprise was in the air, but finally in the 92nd minute Niclas Fuellkrug scored a goal for the table leaders. Thus, the Germans secured a point in this match and a two-point advantage over the Swiss in the table.

In another Sunday match of Group A, viewers witnessed very disturbing scenes. In one of the clashes in the penalty area Barnabas Varga, a player from the Hungarian national team, was seriously injured. His team's match against Scotland was interrupted for a long time. The injured player, who received medical attention, was covered with a special cloth held by stewards and other players and left the pitch on a stretcher.

Several minutes after the match, the Hungarian federation announced that Varga had been taken to a hospital in Stuttgart. As reported, his condition is stable. The match itself ended with a 1-0 victory for the Hungarians.

5. The party grounded the rescue helicopter

The air ambulance crew helped patient i on Saturday she could not return to the base at the Katowice-Muchowiec airport. There was a mass event taking place there, and the airport manager decided to close the airspace – also for rescue flights – which the crew learned about during the mission.

The LPR helicopter could not return to the base because a mass event was taking place at the airport

The LPR helicopter could not return to the base because a mass event was taking place at the airport TVN24

Ultimately, based on a one-time consent, the crew returned from the hospital helipad to the base, but on Sunday they could not fly out again. The ban was to be in force until Monday at 6 a.m., but the airport manager changed his mind on Sunday and allowed the helicopter to fly.

The Silesian Aero Club explained in a statement that Saturday's suspension of air traffic (issued at 4:30 p.m.) was necessary for safety reasons.

Reuters, PAP, Eurosport, X

Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka



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