Poland’s Defense Minister Warns Against EU-NATO Competition, Stresses Vitality of Polish-American Military Relations

    Poland’s acting defense minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, emphasized the significance of strong Polish-American military relations during his recent interview on Polish Radio 24. He underscored the pivotal role of the United States as the leader of NATO, stating that a change in leadership could complicate the situation. Blaszczak expressed concern about proposed changes to EU treaties related to defense and security, arguing that competition between the European Union and NATO is detrimental to continental security.

    In his critique, Blaszczak asserted that European autonomy in security matters is ineffective, emphasizing the perceived weakness of European armies compared to the strength of the U.S. military. He reiterated the clear stance of the outgoing ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), and President Andrzej Duda, asserting that defending independence requires determination and self-reliance.

    Addressing the possibility of opposition parties forming the next government, Blaszczak warned against a return to past practices, suggesting that under previous leadership, financial constraints could lead to the dismantling of military units, particularly east of the River Vistula.

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