Poland refuses offer of German defence systems

Poland accuses Germany of a breach of trust regarding air defence systems
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Poland has decided to refuse Germany’s offer of Eurofighter jets and Patriot defence systems to help them defend their airspace. 

Earlier in the week, Germany had made the offer to Polish officials following the missile attack which killed two people in the town of Przewodow. After initial concern about whether Russia had launched the attack on NATO territory, it appears that it was in fact a stray Ukrainian defence missile that had hit the Polish town. The exact circumstances are under investigation by Polish officials. 

Nevertheless, following the heightening of tensions, the Polish requested that Germany help them to bolster their air defence options with Patriot batteries. This offer was subsequently made, but after consideration the Polish have decided it is no longer necessary. Instead, according to Defence Minister Marius Blasczak, they have asked that the materials be sent to the Ukrainian western border in order to help the country prevent further damage to their energy infrastructure caused by Russia. 

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