Poland and US talk about speeding up delivery of defence equipment

Mariusz Błaszczak met Lloyd Austin in Washington on Wednesday. Jim Lo Scalzo/PAP/EPA

The Polish defence minister and his US equivalent have discussed speeding up the delivery of US defence equipment to Poland.

Mariusz Błaszczak met Lloyd Austin in Washington on Wednesday.

"The possibility of speeding up deliveries of the military equipment Poland has ordered was among the issues I discussed with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin," said Błaszczak.

Poland, he said, was still awaiting the delivery of a Patriot missile defence system, HIMARS missiles and F-35 fighters, which it has ordered in recent years.

He added that in 2021 and this year Poland also bought Javelin missiles and 250 Abrams tanks from the US.

Referring to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the region, Błaszczak said the presence of US troops in Poland constituted a sufficient deterrent against any act of aggression against Poland.

He added that Poland was open to further defence cooperation with the US.