Britain will be sending 1000 military troops to Poland as part of a NATO defence exercise, an agreement with Warsaw to strengthen security ties, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.
Warsaw is worried about increased Russian military activity and concerns have grown since a pro-Russian rebellion broke out in eastern Ukraine following the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.
A formal announcement of the dispatch of military personnel will be made by British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon after a meeting in Edinburgh with Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz.
The meeting came after negotiations aimed at keeping Britain in the European Union ahead of a referendum expected in June.
Giving that hundreds of thousands of Poles live in the UK, Poland has criticised Britain’s proposed limit on benefits for migrants as part of a projected overhaul of Britain’s EU membership terms.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told Reuters that Poland would make a compromise over Britain’s demand to light the rights of EU migrants, if London helped elevate NATO’s presence in central Europe.
The British Ministry of Defence announced that they will send a military force of approximately 800 troops for one exercise and 150 troops to another.
In 2020 the UK will send a military force of around 1000 personnel to a Polish led joint task force, he said.