Poland announced this past week that it plans to double the size of its army to 300,000 – which would make it the largest in the European Union – as it’s increasingly worried about destabilizing threats from Belarus, and also amid fresh Western media speculation of a Russian troop build-up near Ukraine.
On Tuesday deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski cited Poland’s sensitive geopolitical location as a buffer between central Europe and Russia, noting “Russia’s imperial ambitions” and the “hybrid warfare” waged by Lukashenko’s Belarus in the form of sending Muslim migrants en masse across Poland’s border.
Kaczynsk said the proposed defense bill aims to “radically” strengthen the nation’s armed forces. “If we want to avoid the worst, that is war, we have to act according to the old rule: ‘If you want peace, prepare for war,” he told a news conference. He described the urgent need of Poland to maintain the “ability to effectively defend itself for a long time on its own” – given it’s on NATO and Europe’s eastern flank…
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