Poland is one of America’s ‘most crucial allies’: Pence
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Poland is one of America’s most crucial allies, US Vice President Mike Pence said in Warsaw on Wednesday.
US Vice President Mike Pence and Polish President Andrzej Duda during a joint news conference in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Speaking at a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Pence said that “in recent years, Poland has become one of our most crucial allies and a major player in world affairs.”
He added that “Poland sent one of the largest contingents of troops to our allied operations in Iraq and was a valued member of our 79-partner-strong coalition to defeat ISIS.”
Pence also said that Poland “is one of only eight NATO allies who currently meet the commitment to spend at least 2 percent of your gross domestic product on defence.”
Speaking about security in Europe, Pence remarked that “no threat looms larger in Poland than the specter of aggression from your neighbor to the east.”
He said that “the Polish people need no lecture on the dangers of an aggressive Russia.”
He added: “And our neighbors to the east would do well not to underestimate the capabilities of our combined armed forces or to underestimate the indomitable will of the Polish people.”
Pence on Wednesday started a three-day visit to Poland to attend a conference on the Middle East and for bilateral talks.
Poland on Wednesday signed a deal to buy 20 HIMARS artillery rocket systems from the United States for USD 414 million as part of a military modernisation drive.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned during a visit to Poland on Wednesday that Russia planned to increase its domination on the international arena.
Source: TVP Info, PAP/IAR, whitehouse.gov, Twitter