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Poland demands 1.3 trillion dollars from Germany for losses caused by the Second World War

Poland demands 1.3 trillion dollars from Germany for losses caused by the Second

Poland estimates its World War II losses inflicted by Germany at 6.2 trillion zlotys ($1.32 trillion), the ruling nationalist leader said Thursday, adding that Warsaw would formally seek reparations.

Germany has previously said that all financial claims related to World War II have been settled.

Poland's new estimate exceeds the $850 billion estimate by a ruling party lawmaker in 2019. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has repeated calls for compensation several times since taking power in 2015, but Poland has not sought officially damages.

The belligerent attitude towards Germany, often used by PiS, has strained relations with Berlin. It intensified after Russia invaded Ukraine amid criticism of Berlin's dependence on Russian gas and its slowness to help Kiev.

About six million Poles, including three million Polish Jews, were killed during the war.

In 1953, Poland's then-communist rulers dropped all claims for war reparations under pressure from the Soviet Union, which wanted to free East Germany, also a Soviet satellite, from any obligations. PiS says the deal is invalid because Poland was unable to negotiate fair compensation.