Updated at 00:49,21-11-2017

Poland may increase its army to strengthen eastern border

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Poland needs to double the number of soldiers to strengthen the eastern border, Polish Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz told Polska Zbrojna. The Polish Army should not focus on the western border, it needs to strengthen the eastern border instead, he said. It is necessary to create three brigades of territorial defence at the eastern border (including the Belarusian border) in 2016, Macierewicz thinks.

There are 80 thousand servicemen in the Polish Army now. The Army will need to be increased to 150 thousand people in order to fulfil the plan of the Ministry of Defence. “This is the minimum required to drive the enemy back,” Antoni Macierewicz said. The conflict in East Ukraine is Europe’s biggest threat now, he stressed.