Ruling party in Poland demands dismissal of opposition Senate leader for his ‘scandalous address to Ukrainians’

In an online address, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki apologized to Ukrainians for “the Polish government continuing to import Russian coal and being unable to freeze the assets of Russian oligarchs”

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In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Law and Justice’s (PiS) motion to dismiss Tomasz Grodzki will be prepared within the next few days, so that it will be deliberated over at the upcoming Senate session, according to deputy Speaker of the Senate Marek Pęk from PiS.

Pęk explained that the notion was connected with Grodzki’s “scandalous statement” about “Poland financing Putin’s murderous regime.” It concerns Grodzki’s address directed towards Ukraine’s Supreme Council posted online. Grodzki had also directly attacked the Polish government.

Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate Marek Pęk (pictured) emphasized that Speaker of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki was trying to pin responsibility for the lack of decisiveness of other EU states on the Polish government and therefore weaken Poland’s position. (Picture source: Wikipedia)

“I must apologize to you for some companies which shamefully continue their activity in Russia, for the fact that thousands of trucks are still driving to Belarus through Poland and for the fact that the Polish government continues to import Russian coal and is unable to freeze the assets of Russian oligarchs,” he stated.

In response to the dismissal motion, Speaker Grodzki declared that he continues to back his statements.

Pęk has explained that despite the small majority the opposition held in the Polish Senate, he will consult the dismissal with his fellow senators and encourage them to dismiss Grodzki.

PiS has also critically evaluated Grodzki for conducting “an alternative policy harmful to Poland concerning the Polish government’s actions, especially in foreign policy.”

Pęk criticized Grodzki’s demands that the Polish government should not give Russia time to transfer money out of the country and ban the import of coal and truck transports to Belarus. He pointed out that the demands were issues which were within the competencies of the international community and the EU in particular.

“Grodzki cannot make demands of the Polish government which are actually European competencies. On the other hand, he should be able to see that Mateusz Morawiecki’s government is the one which is imploring European states to make further steps,” he said.

Pęk emphasized that instead of supporting his country, Grodzki was trying to pin responsibility for the lack of decisiveness of other EU states and international organizations on the Polish government and therefore weaken Poland’s position.

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