UK to deploy air defense missiles to Poland — Analysis
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has announced that Lindon will deploy Sky Sabre air defense missile systems in Poland in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
“We are going to deploy the Sky Sabre medium-range, anti-air missile system to Poland with about 100 personnel,”Wallace made these comments during Thursday’s news conference, which he held in Warsaw, with Mariusz Blaszczak his Polish counterpart.
Wallace added that the move would help Poland in “protecting her airspace from any further aggression by Russia.”
Blaszczak thanked London and noted that 350 British soldiers were already in the country since last month. He also mentioned that 100 British military officers had been deployed along the Polish-Belarusian border last year.
Around 8,750 US soldiers are currently stationed in Poland, most of them arriving during the six-month period leading to the Russian invasion. The country has been a major hub for weapons shipments from the West to Ukraine in recent weeks. It also hosts foreign fighters who wish to support Kiev.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
Russia now demands that Ukraine declares itself to be neutral, and that it will not join NATO-led by the US.
Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.
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