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Poland to sign $4.6 billion F-35 fighter jet deal - minister

Mariusz Blaszczak Minister of Defence attends a government swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will sign a contract worth $4.6 billion (£3.5 billion) for 32 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Monday.

Poland has long been expected to buy the jets as part of efforts to bolster its armed forces in the face of renewed Russian assertiveness in eastern Europe.

The signing ceremony will take place at 1400 GMT on Friday in Deblin, eastern Poland, Blaszczak said.

(Reporting by Alan Charlish; editing by Jason Neely)