Defence Minister Ben Wallace spoke with his Polish counterpart about increasing aid to Kyiv

Earlier this week, British Defence Minister Ben Wallace spoke with Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak about possibly increasing both countries’ aid to Ukraine.

According to Poland’s Defence Ministry, both ministers exchanged about “issues related to bilateral military cooperation and the technical modernisation of the Polish Armed Forces”.

In late December, Ben Wallace announced that in 2023 Britain would dedicate GBP 2.3 billion in aid to Ukraine. He explained that part of these funds concerns humanitarian support.

Since Moscow launched its large-scale invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago, the UK has provided Ukraine with over EUR 2 billion in military aid. Becoming by doing so the second-largest donor of financial support to Ukraine after the US. 

In the meantime, Polish President Andrzej Duda was attending a meeting of the Lublin Triangle leaders during which he announced that Warsaw is to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, within a broader European coalition.

On 4 October 2022, Britain’s Defence Minister Ben Wallace and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Błaszczak met in Zamość to discuss further tightening mutual military cooperation between London and Warsaw. Both ministers signed the Air Defence Complex Weapons Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the Arrowhead-140 Statement of Intent. 

The signing took place during a ceremony organised on the occasion of the first delivery of the Narew air defence equipment to Poland. A second system is to be supplied in the first half of 2023. The Narew is produced jointly by Poland’s PGZ and Britain’s MBDA.


Image: Twitter (@MON_GOV_PL)

Author: Sébastien Meuwissen


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