Poland to speed up defence plans in light of Russian-Ukrainian conflict

Poland has decided to accelerate its effort to acquire a new missile defence system because of the conflict escalation between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said.

“The issues related with Poland’s air defence will be accelerated,” defence ministry spokesman Jacek Sonta said. “Poland plans to choose the best offer for its missile defence in the next few weeks.”

The ministry had planned to determine the supplier of its missile defence system in 2015, but officials decided to speed up the timetable because of the Ukrainian crisis.

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(US defence secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Tomasz Siemoniak, Polish defence minister. Photo: Nato)