Washington, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- The US State Department announced on 25 September local time that it will provide Poland with a direct loan of $25 billion to support Poland's national defense modernization.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement on the same day saying that Poland is a "staunch ally" of the United States and that Poland's security is essential for the collective defense of NATO's eastern flank. Such US loans to Poland are "exclusively provided by Washington to its most important security partners." Of the $20 billion loan, up to $6000 million can be used to purchase weapons directly from the United States and receive support in emergency situations.

Poland also played a central supporting role in helping Western countries transport weapons to Ukraine, the statement added. In addition, Poland has invested heavily in the field of defense and is committed to strengthening regional security. U.S. funding to Poland will further modernize Poland's defense, thereby strengthening NATO's eastern flank of defense and deterrence.

The Associated Press considered the $20 billion U.S. loan to Poland "rare." According to reports, since the Ukrainian crisis, Poland has provided Ukraine with a large number of weapons, including tanks, fighter jets and other weapons and equipment. In addition, Poland is also the main transportation channel for military aid from the United States and European countries to Ukraine.

Recently, relations between Poland and Ukraine over disputes over the sale of agricultural products have led to tensions. After Ukrainian agricultural products entered the Polish market, the price advantage of Polish agricultural products dragged down the price of Polish agricultural products, harmed the interests of local farmers, and caused dissatisfaction among Polish farmers. In this regard, Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki said that weapons will no longer be supplied to Ukraine. (End)