President talks Polish-US relations and arms purchase

President of Poland Andrzej Duda met with Donald Trump before the NATO summit. Photo: PAP/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

In the midst of the US president’s complaints over too low defense spending by NATO member states, Poland’s head of state talks armaments with Trump and declares imminent new military equipment purchases.

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President Andrzej Duda has discussed with US President Donald Trump the strengthening of Polish-American military cooperation on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, President's Office head Krzysztof Szczerski told the Polish Press Agency on Wednesday.

Both presidents discussed mainly “military cooperation, including the strengthening of Polish-American military cooperation in the field of equipment and the cooperation of military units," the presidential aide pointed out.

With the recent amendments on the Defamation Law, Polish-American relations now seem to be unimpeded, as this brief meeting between Mr Duda and Mr Trump has shown.

"The presidents also arranged future high level meetings between their two teams," added Mr Szczerski.

Poland has enacted legislation to raise defense spending from 2 to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk

New military purchases for the Polish army

An improvement in Polish-American relations can also be noted by the fact that new military equipment purchases will be realized in a matter of weeks.

On the eve of the NATO summit in Brussels, Poland's President said that within the next four to six weeks, new purchases will be made for the Polish army as the armed forces continue to be modernized.

"The plan to modernize and further arm the Polish military is being implemented," the president told journalists. "I can say this here with full responsibility - please do not worry."

As the head of state noted, Poland has enacted legislation to raise defense spending from 2 to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030.

Later today, at the summit’s opening, president Andrzej Duda recalled a law passed by the Polish parliament that involves a gradual increase in defense expenditure from 2 to 2.5 percent of GDP until 2030.

In 2018, the US, UK, Greece, Estonia and Latvia will contribute at least two percent of their GDP to their national defense, whereas Poland, Lithuania and Romania will come just beneath that threshold.

"Here within the Alliance, this is making a huge impression," he added, "because this is a very important decision."

The planned defense outlays are not in doubt, the president said. "I am convinced the amount we had pledged" to spend, "will be spent."

Mr Duda stressed NATO's unity and said there was "no discord in the euroatlantic area". Photo: PAP/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

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NATO needs efficient decision-making processes

On Wednesday morning ahead of a two-day NATO summit in Brussels, the Polish President Andrzej Duda highlighted the importance of efficient decision-making processes in NATO to ensure defense efficacy in times of crisis.

The talks among NATO members will concern the strengthening and streamlining of decision-making processes, President Duda said.

The summit will also be attended by Georgian and Ukrainian officials, this prompted the Polish head of state to express his hope and belief “that sooner or later they will become part of the euroatlantic community in the full sense of the word."

Furthermore, Mr Duda stressed NATO's unity and said there was "no discord in the euroatlantic area".

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