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Poland exhibits off US weapons in pre-election parade

Poland is to indicate off its Western defence gear in an enormous army parade, as its ruling get together gears up for re-election.

The Polish Military Day celebrations on Tuesday (15 August) in Warsaw are to be the most important in many years, with 2,000 troopers, 92 plane, and 200 mechanised models.

These embody US-made M1A1 Abrams tanks, Himars rocket launchers, and Patriot anti-missile methods, in addition to South Korean K2 tanks and K9 self-propelled howitzers, the Polish defence ministry mentioned.

“With a deep sense of prudence and solidarity, it’s crucial right now to talk of a typical dedication to duty for the safety of our nation,” Polish armed forces chief Rajmund Andrzejczak mentioned in a brief declaration on Tuesday.

“Solely then will we have the ability to realise our objectives if collectively we try to uphold this common, basic worth,” he added.

Poland is at the moment spending 4 p.c of its GDP on defence — essentially the most of any Nato member, together with the US, in proportional phrases.

Additionally it is main Nato efforts to produce the Ukrainian army through cross-border particular operations, offsetting its adverse picture within the EU, because of the authorities’s abuse of the rule of regulation at house.

And its vibrant and shining military is a possible vote winner for the incumbent Regulation and Justice (PiS) get together, which is enjoying up Russia and Belarus safety fears forward of elections on 15 October.

“This parade shall be totally different from the earlier ones: We will see how the method of modernising the gear of the Polish military is progressing,” Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak additionally mentioned on Sunday.

Blaszczak, final week, introduced he was sending 10,000 troops to defend the border with Belarus in what was broadly seen as a pre-election stunt.

And the PiS chairman, Jarosław Kaczyński, claimed that the EU, led by Germany, wished to ban Polish individuals from foraging for mushrooms, enjoying to his eurosceptic base.

In the meantime, Poland can be planning to carry a referendum on 15 October, together with on the hot-button subject of migration.

The EU is searching for to reform the way in which it at the moment handles asylum seekers, with frontline states resembling Italy or Greece pressured to bear many of the burden alone.

However PiS’ referendum questions left little doubt how the nationalist-populist get together, which is nosing forward in pre-election polls, needs the plebiscite to go.

“Do you assist the admission of 1000’s of unlawful immigrants from the Center East and Africa, in accordance with the pressured relocation mechanism imposed by European paperwork?”, the referendum’s essential query is to ask.

“Do you assist the removing of the barrier on the border of the Republic of Poland with the Republic of Belarus?”, a second query asks, referring to an 186-km lengthy steel wall constructed by PiS to maintain out migrants.

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