Poland to purchase defence missiles from U.S. for 3 billion euros

Poland has signed an agreement to buy the Patriot missile defence system from the U.S. for 3.85 billion euros, as Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 has motivated Warsaw to quicken its military modernisation.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that largest weapons agreement in Polish history was signed at a ceremony in Warsaw on Wednesday, March 28, he first deliveries are expected in 2022.

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak reasoned that the Patriot missile defence system had «proven itself in numerous countries» and that Poland was now «joining an elite group of states which have an efficient weapon that guarantees security».

The development follows reports that Russia had permanently deployed nuclear-capable missile systems in its territory of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland and Lithuania.

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