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Poland is set to increase its defence expenditure as hostilities in neighbouring country Ukraine renewed its focus on military preparedness.
According to a Reuters report, the Polish Government is expected to increase spending more than previously planned, and expand the military size to strengthen defence capabilities.
In the lower house of the parliament, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) Jaroslaw Kaczynski was quoted by the news agency as saying: “There will be an amendment [to the defence plan], 3% of GDP on defence next year, then we will increase it.”
Poland’s defence budget totals 2% of the annual GDP, aligned with its commitment to Nato.
A bill called the Defence of the Fatherland Act was introduced in the parliament last year, which aimed to increase the spending to 2.5% from 2024.
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The bill is being debated in the parliament.
It also plans to increase the number of troops from 143,500 to 300,000, as part of a five-year plan.
Blaszczak added: “There will be a framework for having one of the strongest armies in Nato. Our fatherland needs such a Polish Army, especially now, when the evil empire is trying to be reborn across our eastern border.”
Ukraine continues to receive military assistance from several countries.
In addition to earlier announcements, Germany is now planning to send 2,700 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine.
The German government previously said that it would send 1,000 anti-tank weapons, and 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, to support Ukraine’s defensive efforts.
The US Department of the Defense (DoD) has also established a new hotline with the Russian defence ministry.
The move is aimed to help avoid military incidents and miscalculations amid the ongoing conflict, a US defence official told Reuters.