Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has said he has been invited by President Andrzej Duda to discuss on Friday the so-called demotion bill that the president vetoed in late March due to the "unjust solutions" it contained, despite supporting the demotions.
President Andrzej Duda has vetoed a bill allowing demotions of officers and soldiers found to have acted against Polish interests in the years 1943-1990
The US State Department said in a Wednesday statement that the signing by Poland and the US of a contract for the purchase of the Patriot defence system "will strengthen the security and capabilities of the United States, Poland and NATO along the Alliance's Eastern Flank".
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract on Wednesday for the purchase of US Patriot air and missile defence systems as part of the Polish Wisla (Vistula) air defence programme.
Poland's politicians generally praised the country's purchase of the Patriot air-defence missile systems from the US on Wednesday. Some of the parties in opposition criticised the contract's excessive price and ratther small offset clauses.
The first Patriot systems will reach Poland in 2022, with further systems two years later, in 2024, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday, adding that a deal to this effect, to be signed on Wednesday, "has been very well negotiated."
President Andrzej Duda and Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Monday visited Polish soldiers serving on the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The two underlined the importance of this type of operation for allied credibility.
Poland's Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday that the government is consistently building a modern army which is able to protect the country, and soon a special agency will be set up to procure military equipment.
The Multinational Division North East Headquarters in Elblag, north-east Poland, has been 90 percent-formed, and the process will probably be completed by the end of 2018, Deputy Defence Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz said in parliament on Tuesday.
Tomasz Szatkowski, Poland's deputy defence minister, said on Wednesday that in 2017, the country's military contingents abroad totalled almost 2,500 soldiers and Staff.