: Poland to increase military budget

18:31 Jul. 11, 2016

Poland to increase military budget

A Polish Army guard of honour marches in front of Polish Air Force F-16 fighter jets during a farewell ceremony of soldiers leaving for Kuwait, in Janow, Poland, July 4, 2016. (AP Photo)

Defence minister says current number of soldiers not enough

The Defence Ministry of Poland wants to increase army budget. That's according to the country's Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, reports Radio Poland.

"For efffective and independent defence of the Polish territory we need costs accounting for 3 per cent of GDP. And we will press for it," he said during a press conference.

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Macierewicz added the number of soldiers shoul increase to at least 150,000.

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"The current budget [of 2 per cent of GDP] is enough for 115,000 soldiers, maximum 120,000. This is of course a very small amount. The minimum we want to achieve next year is 150,000 troops," the Defence Minister said.

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