(ORDO NEWS) — Tensions between Germany and Poland amid possible deliveries of the Patriot missile defense system by Berlin to Warsaw over the conflict in Ukraine undermine the cohesion in NATO and the EU, The New York Times writes on Saturday.
The publication draws attention to the fact that problems in relations between Berlin and Warsaw arose due to the situation with the proposal of the Federal Republic of Germany to supply Poland with Patriot systems, to which the Polish side first agreed. However, then in Warsaw they insisted on placing the batteries in Western Ukraine, which is unacceptable for Germany, since “the systems would be controlled by NATO personnel.” After “significant allied concerns and public criticism,” the Polish side appears to have re-accepted the offer, the paper said.
On Wednesday, Reuters , citing a representative of the German defense department, reported that Berlin and Warsaw had reached an agreement on the deployment of Patriot systems in Poland.
On November 21, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht offered Poland security support, including with the help of Patriot batteries, to which Warsaw responded positively. Later, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak offered the FRG to place batteries in western Ukraine, Lambrecht refused. The German authorities have repeatedly stated their refusal to provide weapons to Kyiv without close consultations with partners.
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