During a visit to Washington on Wednesday, Polish Defense Minister Marius Blazzac announced that his country plans to increase its defense capabilities and is welcomed by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.
At a meeting in the Pentagon, Austin praised Poland for its humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine, saying “not only did it provide security assistance to the Ukrainian army to successfully repel the Russian invaders.” “It is playing a vital role in facilitating the delivery of security assistance to Ukraine from the United States and other NATO partners and around the world,” he said.
In a speech, Austin said: “Perhaps most of all, the Polish people have opened their hearts and homes to millions of Ukrainians.
About two months before the start of the Ukraine war, about 3 million Ukrainian refugees arrived in Poland.
Blaszczak said in Washington that his country considered the United States’ active defense policy and leadership crucial and that Poland was “proud to host the US military” and wanted to “keep up the momentum.” He added that the political and military ties between the two countries will be fruitful in the industrial and economic spheres.
Since the start of the Ukrainian war, an additional 5,000 US troops have moved to Poland, and 5,000 have been deployed there.
On the eve of the Polish delegation’s visit to Washington, Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby announced that Ukraine had received additional fighter jets and units, without elaborating on how these jets and units were “to increase the size of their aircraft.”
Blaszczak declined to comment when asked mainly by Polish media about the role that Poland could play in that supply.
A.D. Retired US Army Colonel Ray Wojchik, who served as Attaché at the US Embassy in Warsaw from 2014 to 2018, said it was important to keep the details of the delivery confidential. He told VOA that his earlier proposal to transfer Polish MG-29 to Ukraine and its rejection by the United States was “wrong”.
Blaszczak sided with Austin: “Poland attaches great importance to its security.
“We will talk soon about the attack helicopters,” Blazzak said in a statement to Polish journalists. The minister made a similar statement on social media.
In an interview with Austin, he emphasized that “strengthening Poland’s defenses is tantamount to strengthening NATO’s defenses in the east.”
Voichic says he believes Poland is “close” to announcing plans to buy helicopters for the Apache attack, which has so far only targeted small partners.
According to Voichik, a senior fellow at the Center for Trans Atlantic Security and Defense at the European Policy Analysis Center in Washington, Apache will be working hand-in-hand with gloves over the recent US military Abrams tanks. He described the Polish army as “the most important thing in the world.”
Poland’s new defense spending law goes into effect on Saturday, giving the Ministry of Defense new funding to strengthen the country’s armed forces.
Blazzak told reporters that the Polish delegation was scheduled to meet with US defense companies Lochid Martin, General Dynamics and Boeing on Thursday. US Army AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters operated by Boeing.
According to Wojcik, Poland accounts for 3% of GDP, behind Russia, and is second only to Nato in the United States.
“Poland is increasing its force to 300,000 and 250,000 are active,” he said.
Due to defense costs and planned acquisitions, Poland will be one of the top six military equipment in the region and in NATO, Wojcik said.
Evaluated by land force alone, “after five years of major acquisitions and the integration of new gears” the strength of the Polish Armed Forces will surpass that of the United States, Britain and France.