The head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak spoke on Friday by phone with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. According to Pentagon spokesman General Patrick Ryder, Austin emphasized US support for the Polish response to the violation of Polish airspace by Belarusian helicopters. “Our commitments and allied tasks are clear – together we take care of our security. We are allies,” Błaszczak wrote on social media.
Spokesman Pentagon General Patrick Ryder informed that during a telephone conversation with the head of the Ministry of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin emphasized support USA for the Polish response to the intrusion of Belarusian aircraft into Polish airspace on August 1.” As he reported, the head of the Pentagon, together with the head of the Ministry of National Defence, “also discussed the new presence of the Wagner group in Belarus and jointly committed to closely monitoring the situation.
As General Ryder added, Austin thanked Błaszczak “for Poland’s significant efforts to support Ukraine” and “leaders reaffirmed the importance of continued, determined security assistance to the Ukrainian people.”
Błaszczak: our commitments and allied tasks are clear
Błaszczak also informed about the conversation with the head of the Pentagon on Twitter.
“We discussed issues related to the security of Poland and NATO’s eastern flank, including in the context of the recent hybrid attacks on Poland. Our commitments and allied tasks are clear – together we care for our security. We are allies,” he wrote.
Belarusian helicopters over Poland
On Tuesday, Polish airspace was violated by two Belarusian helicopters. The machines were noticed in the morning by the inhabitants of the Białowieża area, but the army initially denied that such an incident had occurred. It was only in the evening, after 7 p.m., that the Ministry of Defense admitted in an official communiqué that the Polish airspace had been violated that day. The head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak ordered to increase the number of soldiers on the border and to allocate additional forces and resources, including combat helicopters.
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