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Poland ready to send four F-16s to patrol over Syria: official

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Paweł Kononczuk 15.02.2016 10:27
Poland is ready to send four F-16 fighter planes to patrol over Syria, a senior security official has said.
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"There is such a declaration on our part - that we are ready to participate in monitoring patrols and we have said four of our planes are available," Paweł Soloch, the head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, told public broadcaster Polish Radio on Monday.

Soloch added that "for the time being there is no question of sending [Polish] troops" to Syria.

Soloch said there was no “barter” deal to send Polish F-16s to patrol over Syria in exchange for NATO beefing up its eastern flank.

But he added that Polish President Andrzej Duda had spoken about Poland’s involvement in international measures against the so-called Islamic State as "an expression of solidarity with the rest of our allies."

"We expect the same solidarity on eastern issues,” Soloch added, referring to Poland’s calls for a beefed-up NATO presence on the eastern flank of the military alliance.

President Duda told a security conference in Munich on Saturday that a stronger NATO presence on the eastern flank of the alliance is a priority for Warsaw. (pk)

Source: PAP/Polish Radio

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