We will take advantage of Germany’s proposal to extend the stationing of German Patriot batteries in Poland, informed the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak. Berlin proposed that the launchers remain in Poland until the end of the year.
Germany has offered to extend the presence of Patriots in Poland until the end of 2023. The German ministry noted that the presence of the Patriots in Poland after this period “is not foreseen” due to the planned inclusion of their part in the Rapid Reaction Forces FOR THIS in 2024, as well as servicing some launchers.
Błaszczak: We will take advantage of Germany’s offer
Minister Błaszczak was a guest of radio Jedynka on Thursday. He was asked whether Poland would take advantage of Germany’s proposal to extend the time of stationing German Patriot batteries in our country until the end of the year.
– We talked about this during the visit of the Minister of National Defense (Germany) Boris Pistorius to our country. Until then, we will be ready for the Polish Patriot batteries to be connected to the anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system of our country – he said Mariusz Blaszczak. He added that Poland would take advantage of Germany’s offer. – We are rebuilding these systems in a multi-layered way, in cooperation with the Americans when it comes to Patriots and with the British when it comes to CAMM missiles – he pointed out. He noted that these solutions are part of the Narew program. “This is another proof of our agency,” he argued.
German Patriots in Poland
The proposal to place German equipment on the eastern border of Poland was put forward at the end of 2022 by the then Minister of Defense of Germany, Christine Lambrecht, after a rocket flew into Poland in November, which fell in the border town of Przewodów, killing two people. According to Reuters, there are currently about 300 German soldiers in Poland serving three Patriot batteries. They are stationed near Zamość.
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