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Poland’s defence chief to hold talks in Paris Today

Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz (UAWIRE)

WARSAW (AFP) – 

Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz will travel to Paris today for talks with his French counterpart Florence Parly, against a backdrop of strained relations between the two countries.

The visit followed an invitation from the French defence minister, the Polish ministry said late Tuesday, adding that the two would discuss cooperation and other matters.

French and Polish officials have been trading barbs over President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to overhaul a controversial EU rule on sending workers abroad.

Poland fiercely opposes any change to the so-called Posted Workers Directive, since it would make it harder for thousands of Poles to work elsewhere in the EU.

Last week, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo accused Macron of “trying to introduce protectionism,” dismissing claims from wealthier European countries that the measure creates unfair competition on labour markets.

Poland is also facing the ire of the European Union over concerns about the country’s planned judicial reforms, which the EU says pose a “systemic threat” to the rule of law.

 

 

Russian-Belarusian drills pose threat to Poland: defence minister

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

Contrary to claims by Moscow, Russian and Belarusian war games scheduled near the Polish border later this month pose a “real danger” to Poland, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said on Friday.

He added that “for the first time” the approaching Russian-Belarusian Zapad military exercises were “aggressive.”

“They are not at all defensive, but aggressive and that’s dangerous,” Macierewicz told state television broadcaster TVP Info.

He also said the drills may see “incomparably more soldiers involved than permitted by the Vienna Convention and than the Russians are declaring themselves when they speak of only 12,500 troops.”

Macierewicz added: “According to information that has been reaching us, nearly 100,000 soldiers have been mobilised for these exercises.”

The Russian-Belarusian Zapad’17 maneuvers are scheduled to take place from 14 to 20 September.

According to official data, some 12,500 troops, including 3,000 from Russia, with 700 pieces of military equipment are to take part in the drills in Belarus, which Poland neighbours to the east, but Polish observers have said there might be many more.

Britain’s The Guardian newspaper reported last week, citing estimates by “Western officials and analysts,” that “up to 100,000 military personnel and logistical support could participate in the Zapad (West) 17 exercise.”

According to Macierewicz, there are also concerns that some of these troops will remain in Belarus after the exercises end.

“And they will significantly change the balance of power, the balance of power on NATO’s eastern flank. That is why we treat these exercises as a real danger,” Macierewicz said.

Macierewicz also said he hoped that more American troops will be stationed in Poland in the future and that “they will increase their presence as required by the geopolitical situation.” (gs/pk)

Source: PAP

 

Polish Defense Minister : US President Trump confirms the threat of Russian aggression

UAWIRE, 3 June 2017

The US does not approve of Russia’s policy towards Ukraine and is ready to defend the eastern flank of NATO. The head of the Polish National Defense Ministry Antoni Macierewicz told Polish Radio that this was stated by American President Donald Trump at the last NATO summit in Brussels.

“President Trump is aware of threats from Russia on the eastern flank. The results of the Brussels meeting were clear. This concerns not only the defense of Poland, but also the disapproval of the seizure of the Crimea and the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This is one of the most important factors determining the true resolve of the United States in partnering with others in the defense of the free world,” Macierewicz stressed.

Donald Trump appeared to support these sentiments at the recent summit when he urged NATO member states to counter threats from Russia.

We may see permanent US Army bases in Poland sooner than anyone expects. Many bases will be relocated from Germany to Poland on top of planned up to 20,000 military personnel to be sent directly from the US. The scheduled to enter active service in 2018 Aegis ABM complex in Redzikowo, northern Poland, will need at least three wings of the US Air Force and a multilayer air and anti ballistic defence systems manned by US personnel to defend it. There are already close to 2000 US tanks and armoured vehicles and over 100 US Air Cavalry helicopters in Poland. With its own 48 F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets, 40 AGM-158A JASSM and already purchased but still under delivery 130 AGM-158B JASSM-ER Air-to-surface missiles Poland already poses a serious deterrent, especially with its over 50,000 strong (not yet) territorial defence trained by the elite special forces “Grom” military instructors and led by a former “Grom” battalion commander recently promoted to the rank of general.

Poland plans to increase its defence budget from the current 2.1% to 3% of its GDP by 2025 and buy 64 F-35 Lightning II V generation fighter jets. It also lobbies the US Congress and the Pentagon to join the US nuclear sharing programme and move to Poland some B-61 Mode 10 and 12 thermonuclear precision tactical bombs. Poland is building a bilateral alliance with the USA in order to bypass the NATO promise of not creating permanent military bases east of Germany. Since Poland is not a signatory of this agreement (it joined NATO later) and the US has proven that RuSSia doesn’t comply with its START obligations, the jury is still out and the Trump administration will likely follow through with US countermeasures, especially with such a willing partner as Poland.