Polish PM suggests changes to constitution to boost military spending

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, will ask opposition parties to support amendments to the constitution to allow for increased military spending in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a government spokesman has said.

Piotr Mueller made the announcement on Monday morning as a meeting between the prime minister and opposition parties was in progress.

"Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has presented a few points for discussion today... that would require changes to the constitution," Mueller told a press briefing.

The first change would raise the constitutional cap on government debt to finance increased spending on the armed forces.

The second one would allow for "confiscating the property of Russian oligarchs... and entities which are involved in supporting the actions of the Russian Federation," Mueller said.

According to the spokesman, the government would also like to impose additional taxes on companies that continue their operations in Russia.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, attacking its neighbour from three sides with overwhelming military forces. What was likely planned to be a swift military operation aimed to topple the government has turned into a more prolonged conflict, with thousands of casualties on both sides and the number of refugees exceeding three million, with the majority of them having crossed the border into Poland.