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11:57 28 Jun 2022

Zelensky talks with NATO Chief and calls for stronger air defense for Ukraine

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President Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the Alliance's summit in Madrid

Rubryka reports, citing Zelensky's Twitter.

"Had a phone conversation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Coordinated positions on the eve of the NATO Summit in Madrid.

Stressed the importance of a powerful missile defense system for Ukraine to prevent Russian terrorist attacks. Coordinated positions ahead of the NATO Summit in Madrid," Zelensky wrote in a statement.

The day before, the adviser to the president of the USA on national security, Jake Sullivan, confirmed that Washington prepared to transfer air defense systems to Ukraine.

"We do intend to finalize a package that includes advanced medium- and long-range air defense capabilities for the Ukrainians, along with some other items that are of urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and counterbattery radar systems," National Security Advisor said at the press briefing.

At the G7 summit, President Joe Biden announced that the US would provide Ukraine with "more advanced rocket systems and munitions." A CNN source says that more military assistance is also likely to be announced in response to the Ukrainian forces' requests. The new military aid package will include additional artillery ammunition and counter-battery radars among other things. The package is also likely to include NASAMS systems. 

On June 26, Zelensky reported Ukraine had reached certain agreements with partners on the supply of missile defense systems.

"We need a powerful air defense-modern, fully effective-which can provide full protection against missiles. We talk about this every day with our partners. There are already some agreements," Zelensky said.

In early June, President Joe Biden agreed to provide $700 million in military aid to Ukraine, including advanced missile systems that can accurately hit long-range targets.

In addition, in late March, President Zelensky called on Norway to provide Ukraine with anti-ship weapons and NASAMS systems.

Read Rubryka's Timeline of War: current news on Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression.

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