Minister of defence thanks Great Britain for cooperation commitment

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Poland's defence minister, on Thursday, thanked Great Britain for its commitment to work together with Poland on challenges that lie ahead, such as the one concerning the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.

Mariusz Błaszczak announced during a joint press conference with his British counterpart Ben Wallace at a military base in northeastern Poland, that the two countries had signed a statement of intent that will enable cooperation in increasing the air defence capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces.

Błaszczak also expressed gratitude to his British counterpart Ben Wallace for the fact that Poland could "count on Great Britain" and for Great Britain's "commitment to work together to overcome the challenges that lie ahead, such as, undoubtedly, the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border."

For his part, Wallace pointed out that the cooperation between the countries in the defence sector was also important to Great Britain and added that Great Britain wanted to help improve the Polish defence industry in order to ensure security, not only for Poland, but for all allies, as well.

In addressing the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, he said that it was a deliberate attempt to destabilise not only Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, but also the whole of Europe, in order to weaken it.

He noted that the best response to this was to work shoulder-to-shoulder with each other, not only in Nato, but as good friends and partners.