WORLD Poland to ramp up defense spending to 4 pct of GDP: PM


Poland to ramp up defense spending to 4 pct of GDP: PM


06:56, January 31, 2023

WARSAW, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Poland's plan to spend 4 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defense in 2023 may be the most ambitious among all member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the country's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.

This picture taken on May 19, 2022 shows soldiers on a Polish Leopard tank as troops from Poland, USA, France and Sweden take part in the DEFENDER-Europe 22 military exercise, in Nowogard, Poland. (File photo: AFP)

Accompanied by Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, Morawiecki visited the Polish Armed Force's 18th Mechanised Division in Siedlce in eastern Poland on Monday, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported.

Morawieczki told journalists that his government considered the strengthening of the armed forces a priority and wanted to see more NATO troops stationed in the country.

By ramping up the defense budget to 4 percent of GDP, Poland will become NATO's top spender, he said.

Last year, Warsaw made sizeable investments in military purchases by purchasing Abrams tanks and HIMARS rocket launchers from the U.S. and howitzers, tanks and fighter jets from South Korea.

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