Poland wishes to join European air-defense shield plan

(MENAFN) In a significant announcement, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has declared Poland's intention to participate in the development of a European air-defense system aimed at safeguarding member states against potential drone and missile attacks. This initiative, known as the European Sky Shield Initiative, was initially proposed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in August 2022 and has since garnered support from 21 countries.

Tusk emphasized the importance of such a defense system in light of recent events, particularly Iran's attack on Israel, which underscored the critical need for robust air defense capabilities akin to Israel's Iron Dome. Highlighting the escalating use of missiles and drones in conflicts such as the one in Ukraine, Tusk stressed the urgency for European countries to enhance their air-defense investments.

The prime minister pointed to the active deployment of Iranian drones by Russia in targeting Ukrainian territories, emphasizing the interconnectedness of regional conflicts and the need for collective defense measures. Tusk highlighted the collaboration between Iran and Russia, noting the shared utilization of Iranian drones to strike both Ukrainian and Israeli targets.

Against this backdrop, Poland's commitment to the European air-defense initiative signals a proactive approach to address emerging security challenges and bolster regional defense capabilities. As member countries rally behind the initiative, there is growing recognition of the imperative to develop a comprehensive defense framework to counter the evolving threat landscape posed by drones and missiles.

With Tusk urging increased investment in air-defense systems and highlighting the pressing need for collaborative defense measures, Poland's participation in the European Sky Shield Initiative represents a significant step towards enhancing Europe's resilience against modern security threats. As discussions progress and implementation strategies are devised, the initiative holds promise in strengthening European security and safeguarding against potential adversarial actions.



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