Poland military chief criticized for money

May 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM

WARSAW, Poland, May 30 (UPI) -- Poland's defense minister is being criticized publicly for his plan to move the land forces command from Warsaw to the country's southwest.

Polish Defense Minister Bodgan Klich intends to move the command of the Polish army's land forces from the capital in the center of the country to Wroclaw in the southwestern region to put them outside the reach of Iksander rockets Russia plans to deploy in the Kaliningrad region, close to the Polish eastern border.

The Polish Dziennik newspaper joined criticism of Klich's plans, saying the move would cost taxpayers about $188 million during tough economic times.

Dziennik also quoted military experts as arguing Russia could use the Baltic Sea to deploy its rockets on its warships and draw them closer to the Wroclaw command.

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