Britain will send 1,000 military personnel to take part in NATO exercises in Poland, part of an agreement with Warsaw to strengthen security ties, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to make a formal announcement after meeting Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
The meeting comes against a backdrop of negotiations ahead of a referendum expected in June, Poland was open to British demands to limit EU migrants if the UK helped build up NATO’s military presence in central Europe Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told Reuters earlier this month.
Mr Fallon is expected to say:
“The long history between our countries is deeply rooted. This troop commitment demonstrates the UK’s vital work with Nato allies, including Poland, to ensure our collective forces are primed and ready, and sends a clear message to our allies that we are ready to respond to any threat.”
The defence secretary will reportedly also reveal that RAF jets have nearly trebled their strikes against Islamic State in recent weeks.