Poland to increase number of armed forces to 200,000 people

In addition, the country will gradually increase defense spending to at least 2,5% of GDP in 2030
15:03, 24 October 2017

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Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday signed a law on the gradual increase in spending on country’s defense to at least 2,5% of the country's GDP in 2030 and an increase in number of the armed forces to 200,000. This was reported by Ukrinform.

"This is an important element in the implementation of our program for building safe Poland... We unequivocally stressed that a general increase in defense spending is necessary, we need more funds to modernize the Polish army, to rebuild it, to increase its numbers," Duda said.

He noted that this law provides for a gradual increase in defense spending: next year it should be 2%, in 2021 – 2,1%, and in 2030 and subsequent years - at least 2,5% of GDP.

Duda stressed that Poland wants to have a strong army, which in case of any threats to the country can adequately respond to the challenges and protect the Polish borders and the security of the citizens.

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As it was reported earlier President of Poland Andrzej Duda claimed that Russia violates such fundamental UN principles as inviolability of the borders, respect for the sovereignty and refuse from the military force to settle the conflicts in Georgia for ten years and in Ukraine for three years. He claimed this at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York. 

Duda assured that Poland as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018-2019 will insist that all disputes and conflicts should be resolved in line with the fundamental principle of peaceful resolution.

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