World media are writing on Tuesday about the resignation of two key commanders of the Polish army. “The Guardian” assessed that “this is a blow” to PiS, which argues in the campaign that it is “the only party that can ensure the country’s security.” As reported by the Washington Post, “the resignations have raised questions about the condition of the Polish army under the current conservative government.” The BBC, Reuters, Politico and the Turkish news agency AA also write about the tensions between the military command and the government and the Ministry of Defense itself.
Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, General Rajmund Andrzejczak and operational commander of the armed forces, Lieutenant General Tomasz Piotrowski they resigned from their positions on Monday. On Tuesday, the president officially dismissed them from their positions appointed new commanders in their place. They were Lieutenant General Wiesław Kukuła and Major General Maciej Klisz.
Foreign media write about events in Poland. The Reuters agency noted that “two leading commanders of the Polish army resigned from their posts,” and this happened “a few days before the elections” in which the ruling party Law and Justice recognized national security as a key issue.
“This is happening in the context of increased tension between the military high command and the nationalist government,” it said. Reuters reported that this conflict has been growing since the defense minister Mariusz Błaszczak in May, he publicly accused General Piotrowski of negligence in the case of the Russian missile that fell near Bydgoszcz in December 2022. ABOUTThe public learned about it only in the spring of this year.
BBC: Resignation just days before the elections and during the war in neighboring Ukraine
“Two of Poland’s most senior officers resigned just days before key elections and during the war in neighboring Ukraine,” the BBC wrote.
The British broadcaster’s website noted that neither General Andrzejczak nor General Piotrowski officially provided the reasons for their decision. The BBC added that media reports say the generals are “worried by the right-wing government’s attempts to politicize the army.” Meanwhile, the BBC reported, “the government denies these claims.”
“A blow to the ruling Law and Justice party”
According to the British daily “Guardian”, the resignations of the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army and the operational commander of the armed forces “are a blow to the ruling Law and Justice party, which is conducting an election campaign emphasizing that it is a patriotic force protecting Poland against external enemies and the only party that can ensure for the security of the country.”
The daily cites reports from the Polish media, among others, that the generals could have been forced to leave by the decision of the head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, to entrust Lieutenant General Wiesław Kukula in recent days with responsibility for the military operation of evacuating Poles from Israel. The Polish media also wrote – noted the Guardian – that the generals were also against including the army in the election campaign conducted by the government. Moreover, the daily continues, “in May, Błaszczak publicly criticized Piotrowski” for the army’s reaction after the rocket fell near Bydgoszcz.
“Tension between top army commanders and the Ministry of Defense has reportedly been growing for months, and some decisions are being made without the army command,” we read in the Guardian.
“The resignations raised questions about the state of the Polish army”
As we read in The Washington Post, “the resignations have raised questions about the condition of the Polish army under the current conservative government during the war in neighboring Ukraine.”
The daily also notes that “Polish media reported growing tension between both (generals – ed.) and the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak.”
Politico about the “clash” between Błaszczak and Piotrowski
Politico also assessed that the departure of… Polish army are a “blow to PiS”.
The portal wrote that Mariusz Błaszczak and General Tomasz Piotrowski “clashed” after a missile entered Polish airspace in December. “It was noticed only after a walker found the remains. The incident was a great source of shame for the ruling Law and Justice party,” wrote Politico.
Turkish agency about Poland
The events in Poland were also reported by the Turkish news agency Anadolu. She noticed that the generals had left a few days before elections parliamentary. “The long-running conflict between the ruling party and the army is reaching its climax just 5 days before important elections,” it said.
Reuters, BBC, “The Guardian”, “The Washington Post”, Politico, Anadolu
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