London says the move will protect Warsaw against “Russian aggression”
The Sky Sabre air defense missile system in the UK. © Ministry of Defence/army.mod.uk
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has announced that Lindon will deploy Sky Sabre air defense missile systems in Poland in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
“We are going to deploy the Sky Sabre medium-range, anti-air missile system to Poland with about 100 personnel,” Wallace said on Thursday, during a news conference with his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Blaszczak, in Warsaw.
Wallace added that the move would help Poland in “protecting her airspace from any further aggression by Russia.”
Blaszczak thanked London, noting that 350 British soldiers had already arrived in the country last month, in addition to 100 British military engineers that were deployed last year along the Polish-Belarusian border.
Poland also currently hosts around 8,750 US troops, the majority of whom arrived in the six months leading up to the Russian campaign. In recent weeks, the country has become a hub for the shipments of weapons from the West to Ukraine, as well as for foreign fighters wishing to fight for Kiev.