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Germany to look for Patriot systems for Ukraine - Kuleba

Kuleba delivered a tough speech at the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting to draw attention to Ukraine's air defence needs.

Germany to look for Patriot systems for Ukraine - Kuleba
German Foreign Minister A. Baerbock and Ukrainian Foreign Minister D. Kuleba during the NATO-Ukraine Council
Photo: EPA/UPG

Germany immediately starts looking for Patriot systems for Ukraine. During a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on 4 April, Germany initiated a search for affordable air defence systems for Kyiv.

This was stated by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, according to Yevropeyska Pravda.

According to the foreign minister, Germany, as the chairman of the air defence coalition operating within the Ramstein framework, "immediately initiates an analysis of all available systems, Patriot batteries and other air defence systems, not only from allies but also from the world at large." Germany is also looking for combinations to deliver these batteries to Ukraine.

Kuleba added that during the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting, the focus was solely on one topic - the delivery of Patriot systems, although the allies planned to discuss long-term commitments.

According to him, he gave a tough speech to "immerse his colleagues in the harsh reality of the people of Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv".

He noted that those ministers who have been to Ukraine and heard the work of air defence systems "react differently" to Kyiv's requests.

Subsequently, Dmytro Kuleba thanked Germany for its promptness and posted a video with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

"Together with Annalena Baerbock, we have just attended a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council in Brussels. Ukraine's greatest need now is to urgently strengthen air defence. I thank Germany and other allies for answering the call and taking action right away," he wrote on X. 

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