Poland has decided to speed up its bid for a missile defense system, a defense ministry spokesman said yesterday, in a sign of Warsaw's anxiety over the tension between neighboring Ukraine and Russia, the Yahoo News website reports today (March 21, 2014).
"The issues related with Poland's air defense will be accelerated," spokesman Jacek Sonta said. "Poland plans to choose the best offer for its missile defense in the next few weeks."
The NATO member had planned to reduce the number of bidders by June, but the crisis in Ukraine and concerns about Russia's annexation of Crimea -- and its possible aggression on other neighboring nations -- have prompted officials to speed up the timetable.
This missile defense system is separate from elements of a U.S. missile shield to be deployed in Poland by 2018, as confirmed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on a visit to Warsaw this week.