18:36 30 Nov 2022

NATO may invest in Soviet-era weapons systems for Ukraine — US Secretary of State

NATO is looking to invest in Soviet-era weapon systems used in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said this in an interview with CNN.

"We're looking at every option to make sure that, again, [the Ukrainians] get what they need and what can be most effective for them. Some of that does go to Soviet-era systems that they've had in their inventory for decades and, for example, making sure that the ammunition is there for those systems. And in some cases, that may require producing things that haven't been produced for some time. So we are looking across the board at all of that," he said.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that NATO is discussing investing in old Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bulgaria factories to resume production of Soviet-era shells for Ukraine's artillery, which is still largely Soviet-style.

In particular, we are talking about the production of Soviet caliber 152 mm and 122 mm projectiles for Ukrainian artillery.

These discussions are taking place against the backdrop of reports of a growing shortage of weapons that Western powers may transfer to Ukraine, as the parties are using weapons and ammunition at a rate not seen since World War II.

As reported, following the Alliance's ministerial meeting in Bucharest, NATO countries agreed to strengthen further political and practical support for Ukraine, which continues to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity from russian aggression.

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