On Tuesday, August 29th, the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence Tomasz Szatkowski hosted the US delegation headed by Robert Johnson, Senator of the Republican Party. Senator Johnson is, among others, the Chairman of the National Security Committee and a member of the Budget and Foreign Affairs Committee.
Undersecretary Szatkowski thanked United States for its commitment to strengthening European security. He appreciated the enhanced US military presence on NATO’s eastern flank, including territory of Poland. He also expressed the expectation that this commitment will have a long-term nature and at the same time he stressed the actions taken and planned by Polish side aimed to ensure the best conditions for the Allies stationing in Poland.
The interlocutors also discussed other areas of bilateral cooperation between Poland and the US, including planned acquisition of the PATRIOT missile system by the Polish Armed Forces. They discussed also issues related to European security, including the Russian-Belarusian exercise ZAPAD’17.
Senator Johnson expressed his appreciation for Poland’s high spending on defense and the ambitious program of the Polish Armed Forces modernization. He also appreciated Poland’s involvement in the international security area, participation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan and in the coalition against the so-called “Islamic state”.
Senator Johnson, during his visit to Europe, will also visit Greece, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo.