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EU's Tusk to face investigators in Poland

EU's Tusk to face investigators in PolandEuropean Council President Donald Tusk has been summoned by Warsaw prosecutors investigating a secret deal between Russian and Polish intelligence services, Polish media reported on Monday.

Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland, has been summoned to a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, according to niezalezna.pl website.

Prosecutors in Warsaw are probing cooperation between Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) and the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s principal security agency and the main successor agency to the KGB.

A spokesman for the district Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw said that Tusk has been summoned as a witness in a probe into former bosses of the Military Counterintelligence Service allegedly cooperating with the FSB without permission.

Tusk, who was re-elected President of the European Council last week, has been summoned to appear on Wednesday, rather than on Tuesday, the spokesman said.

Poland’s Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily reported in December that Gen. Janusz Nosek and his successor as the head of SKW, Piotr Pytel, have been accused of overstepping their powers.

Gazeta Polska Codziennie said that Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service and the FSB struck a deal in April 2010, just after the crash of the Polish presidential plane in western Russia, on cooperation regarding threats faced by either of the sides. Among such threats to the FSB were operations by the United States and NATO.

Tusk was Polish prime minister at the time.

Gazeta Polska Codziennie reported that investigators are probing visits by Russian officers to the SKW headquarters and official trips by Nosek and Pytel to Russia. It said witnesses reported that FSB officers were able to move freely around the SKW headquarters, while their car was not scanned for spy devices.

Meanwhile, SKW officers were under constant surveillance by the FSB during a visit to Russia, Gazeta Polska Codziennie added.

Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service is a secret service responsible for the protection of the country against internal threats to national defence, security and the combat capacity of Poland’s armed forces.
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