European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he was under no doubt that Poland’s right-wing government was trying to discredit him with a smear campaign.
Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was speaking as he was to testify in Warsaw as a witness in a military intelligence probe.
“I have no doubt that this is part of a political smear campaign. Its authors do not really hide it,” Tusk told local media.
The 59-year old EU official is the ex-leader of Poland’s largest opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), and arch-rival of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling, eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party that has brought prosecutors under direct government control.
Tusk has been summoned to testify in a probe against former heads of military counter-intelligence (SKW) suspected of co-operating with foreign intelligence services without the required authorisation of the prime minister, which was Tusk at the time.
A former SKW head has said that Tusk was fully aware of secret services’ co-operation with Russia and had authorised it.
Tusk was greeted by hundreds of his supporters at Warsaw’s central railway station. Chanting “Free, European Poland” they nearly blocked the platform and later escorted Tusk as he walked to the prosecutors office.