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Croatia, Poland to extend their military cooperation

Croatia, Poland to extend their military cooperation | Youtube snapshot

Croatia and Poland plan to extend their military cooperation and may form a joint combat unit, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said

On an official visit to the Balkans covering Croatia, Montenegro and Albania, Macierewicz told a press conference with Krsticevic that plans for closer military cooperation had emerged during his earlier talks with the Croatian defense minister.

Moreover, he added that both countries might decide to form a joint military unit. 

"Already our initial talks gave rise to the idea (...) to launch far-going (military - PAP) cooperation, perhaps in the form of a joint unit, or maybe in other ways that will strengthen and deepen our military ties", Macierewicz said Sunday in the Croatian Catholic sanctuary Marija Bistrica after talks with the country's Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic. 

Macierewicz went on to say that the main theme of his Balkan visit was the Polish-Croatian Three Seas Initiative foreseeing raised energy and economic cooperation between countries in the Baltic Sea region.

In July, Polish and Croatian logistics and transport companies have signed the first deals under the Three Seas Initiative, which aims to boost ties between 12 Central European, Baltic and Western Balkan states.

The Three Seas Initiative connects 12 countries between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Krsticevic observed that Croatian-Polish relations were developing well, and underscored his contentment over plans for tighter military cooperation between both countries. He also informed that an 80-strong Croatian unit would soon join a Polish-stationed NATO Battle Group reinforcing the Alliance's eastern flank.

On Monday, Macierewicz will hold talks in the Croatian Defense Ministry, after which he will go to Montenegro and Albania. On Monday evening, he is to speak with Montenegro's Defence Minister Predrag Boskovic, while on Tuesday, Polish MoD is meeting the Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka in Tirana.