The recently modernised military air base in Lask, central Poland, belongs to the most advanced objects of its kind in Europe and is equipped to receive even the heaviest aircraft, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday during a visit to the Lask air base.
American senators adopted a law on Thursday earmarking USD 750 billion in defence expenditures next year and describing Poland as "strategic" in the fight against Russia.
Speaking from the White House, Donald Trump said: "As the declaration makes very clear, the United States and Poland are not only bound by a strategic partnership but deep common values, shared goals and a very strong and abiding friendship."
The presidents of Poland and the US, Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump, underlined the strategic importance of the alliance between the two countries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted in reference to a series of agreements signed in the White House on Wednesday.
Poland is an active participant in the debate on EU's Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024 to be passed by EU leaders in June, the Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release.
The US Air Force will send a team to Poland to present its multi-purpose F-35 fighter, Warsaw-visiting Secretary of the United States Air Force Heather Wilson informed on Thursday.
The subject for discussion among the defence ministers of the Bucharest Nine countries making up the eastern flank of NATO will be their contribution to increasing the alliance's defence and deterrence capacity. The meeting will be led by Mariusz Błaszczak.
The anniversary and the secretary general’s arrival in the Polish capital coincide with calls for the EU to take a more pro-active role in the continent’s defence. Last year Emmanuel Macron, the French president, won the backing of Angela Merkel when he said the EU should have a European army “independent of the United Sates”.
Talks with US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher touched on many subjects, including the threat to CEE of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, defence, and business contacts between the two countries, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in New York on Thursday.
In 2017, arms exports from Poland amounted to 472.2 million euros, 23% more than the previous year. The country’s Strategic Defence Review now foresees spending a total over 1 trillion złoty on defence up to 2032.