THE Polish parliament has given the go-ahead to bolster its armed forces by recruiting an extra 53,000 soldiers to ward off the possibility of a Russian attack.
The force, made up of part time soldiers, would represent a third of all the Polish military personnel.
The bill has not yet been approved by the senate but is expected to pass as the ruling right-wing government has a majority in the chamber.
Poland’s defence minister Antoni Macierewicz said: “The units are the cheapest way to increase the strength of the armed forces and the defence capabilities of the country.
“It is also the best response to the dangers of a hybrid war like the one following Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.”
Government officials claim the units will become the nations “fifth service” with land, sea, air and special forces.
The units will have their own separate command centre and the head of the force will report directly to Macierewicz – bypassing the rest of the armed forces.
Full article: WARNING TO PUTIN: Poland to bolster military by 53,000 soldiers to ward off Russian threat (Express)