Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Friday he was pleased with the talks he conducted during his two-day official visit to the United States, which showed US appreciation for "the very good military cooperation" between the two countries.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak met US National Security Advisor John Bolton during his official visit to the United States on Thursday. The two officials discussed security issues, including a stronger presence of US troops in Poland.
US Navy destroyer USS Farragut will moor at the northern Polish port of Gdynia's French Quay on Friday afternoon for a three-day working visit. She will sail on Sunday.
The third rotation of soldiers from NATO's Multinational Battalion Combat Group started their tours of duty on Friday in Bemowo Piskie (northeastern Poland). Like their predecessors, the new units from the USA, UK, Romania and Croatia will spend six months in Poland.
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."
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.
NATO values Poland as a solid and important ally, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday. March 12 marked the 19th anniversary of Poland's accession to the Alliance.