Polish Radio
April 20, 2022

Polish defence minister to discuss arms deals, Ukraine on US visit

The itinerary of Mariusz Błaszczak’s trip stateside includes talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Washington on Wednesday.

The talks are expected to focus on “Polish-US military cooperation, the security situation on NATO’s eastern flank and in Europe, steps to deepen the interoperability of troops, and America’s military presence in Poland,” the Polish defence ministry said in a statement.

Błaszczak’s visit to America on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday also includes meetings with representatives for the US arms industry, according to officials.

Poland’s government this month signed a USD 4.74 billion deal to buy 250 Abrams battle tanks from the United States….

Poland expects to increase its defence spending to at least 3 percent of GDP starting next year under a homeland defence law signed by President Andrzej Duda last month.