15:15 Oct. 6, 2016
A new bill on amending law on general military duty has already been sent to the parliament
Poland's move to create the Territorial Defence Force, a 35,000 strong paramilitary unit, is a response to aggressive Russian imperialism, Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz explained in an interview to the niezalezna.pl portal.
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The minister added that a bill on amending the country's law on universal military duty has already been sent to the Sejm. The draft law is intended to regulate the principles, organisational structure and methods of co-operation between the Territorial Defence Forces and other structures of the Polish Army.
Macierewicz stressed the security should be the country's top priority at the time when "Poland's neighbours are invaded by Russia"
"You have to face the truth and stop deceiving the Poles, because it may end up with drama and a national tragedy. Poland needs a strong army, a determination to defend the motherland and willingness to help our neighbours when they are attacked, and when their lands are invaded by Russian forces," said the defence minister.
The idea of reviving Poland's territorial defence units gained momentum following Russia's annexation of Crimea and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.