Posts tagged as Poland

Planning for a US base in Poland gains momentum

By JOHN VANDIVER on Saturday, March 16, 2019

Discussions about a permanent U.S. military base in Poland are moving forward, with a top Pentagon official arriving in Warsaw this week to hammer out details on expanding the American military presence in the country, officials said. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is meeting with his Polish counterparts to work on the plan, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers Wednesday. While it could take about six months…

Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

By Gareth Jones on Friday, March 8, 2019

Alina Politika is one of 42 female cadets attending the naval academy in Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers – a situation she sees no need to change for now.…

Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drones based in Poland are now fully operational

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers have been flying unarmed reconnaissance missions from Poland since May, but it wasn’t until this month that the drones became fully operational. Air Forces in Europe christened a new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and contractors operating Reapers there. “In addition to the completion of these projects, another important change is the remotely piloted aircraft here…

The biggest failure of DRAGON 2019

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 4, 2019

The exercise Dragon 2019 is one of the largest exercises in Poland and is held every two years. In June of this year the head of the exercise will be General Jaroslav Mika, commander-in-chief of the Polish armed forces. The main unit of the military exercise Dragon 2019 will be the 11th Panzer Division, together with its subordinate military units. Participation in the exercise will also take not only the…

Lithuania and Poland sign co-operation agreement

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis and his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Błaszczak, signed co-operaton agreements on 21 February, their ministries announced on their respective websites. The two defence ministers signed a letter of intent to affiliate the Lithuanian Iron Wolf and Polish 15th Giżycka mechanised brigades with the headquarters (HQ) of NATO’s Multinational Division North-East (MND NE) in Elblag, Poland, which co-ordinates NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroups in Poland and…

Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams as intolerable mayor’s hints about 2 Polish towns’ ‘incorporation’

Friday, February 15, 2019

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has slammed as intolerable hints by Lazdijai Mayor Arturas Margelis that Poland’s northeastern towns of Sejny and Punsk should be part of the southern Lithuanian district. “Election campaigns are an interesting genre, but political nonsense should not be tolerated,” the minister BNS by phone from Warsaw on Thursday. “Even when you joke, you have to think about what you are joking about. This is especially important for incumbent mayors,” he…

New US HIMARS Rockets Don’t Give Any Strategic Advantage to Poland – Publicist

By Krzysztof Podgórski on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on 13 February that Poland would sign a contract to purchase the US-made highly-mobile artillery rocket system HIMARS. According to Blaszczak, the purchase of these weapons will provide Poland with “security guarantees”. Sputnik discussed this with independent publicist Krzysztof Podgórski. Sputnik: Would the purchase of 20 rocket systems really provide such a guarantee? Krzysztof Podgórski: I think that the minister goes too far with that premise. Undoubtedly,…

Lithuania will be allowed to export pigs to Poland again this week

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lithuania will be get its permit to export pigs to Poland back this week, Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture Giedrius Surplys says LETA. “We have agreed that the previous permit for the export of live pigs from Lithuania to Poland will be returned for six months, but the Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service will have to carry out several additional checks for the Polish side to be completely sure that our…

Small Baltic battalions for a big war

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, January 21, 2019

Allies implemented the 2016 Warsaw Summit decisions to establish NATO’s forward presence in the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) and to develop presence in the Black Sea region. In general, the Alliance has decided to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Officially, it was aimed to demonstrate, as part of an overall posture, allies’ solidarity, determination, and ability to act by triggering an immediate mutual…

Poroshenko held a meeting with the foreign Ministers of Estonia, Lithuania and Poland

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday held a meeting with Ministers of foreign Affairs of Estonia Sven Mixer, Lithuania – Linas Linkevičius and Poland – Jacek Czaputowicz. This was reported on the President’s page in Facebook. The meeting participants noted the need to strengthen the consolidated international pressure on Russia. The sides discussed the situation in the Azov and Black sea and existing threats from the Russian Federation…