France to send fighter jets to Poland

A Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, of the type France are sending to Poland. Credit: Reuters

France has announced it will send four Rafale fighter jets to Poland next week as part of a demonstration of Nato's commitment to central Europe and the Baltic States to assuage concerns after the escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

The French defence ministry said that the four warplanes will be sent to Malbork in northern Poland on 28 April on a double mission: to train the Polish air force and stand ready for air patrols over the Baltic states under Nato command.