Warsaw, March 18 (Prensa Latina) The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, today approved the Homeland Defense Law, which will double the Army’s troops and increase the military budget.
The measure is an instrument to strengthen the Polish armed forces with the addition of up to 250 thousand soldiers.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
In the midst of the military conflict, Poland, which borders Ukraine to the east, will double its army despite Russian claims that the rise of militarism in the European region constitutes a danger to its security.
According to the statement issued in Warsaw, the regulations also aim to modernize the Army and introduce industrial development and research in defense matters.
The law will lead the Council of Ministers to establish the Armed Forces Reinforcement Package for the period between 2023 and 2025, and will take effect within a maximum period of three months, according to the Rzeczpospolita newspaper.
In addition, spending on defense will rise to three percent of the Gross Domestic Product starting next year.
The law stipulates a new incentive system for recruited candidates, significant changes in the financing of the armed forces and the acquisition of weapons and equipment.
The Polish Army currently has about 111,500 professional soldiers and 32,000 soldiers from the territorial defense forces.