17:57 19 Sep 2023

Czech Republic, Denmark and the Netherlands strike a deal on military aid to Ukraine

The Czech Republic reached an agreement with Denmark and the Netherlands on supplying weapons to Ukraine with their financial support.

The relevant agreement was signed today, September 19, at the US Air Force base Ramstein in Germany during a Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting, reports Ukrinform with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic.

"Specifically, it will be about the supply of additional tanks, howitzers, small arms, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-aircraft defense equipment, and electronic warfare equipment or ammunition from companies in our defense industry," said Czech Deputy Defense Minister Daniel Blazhkovets, who signed the letter of intent together with the heads defense departments of Denmark and the Netherlands.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, Kyiv will receive modern Czech weapons and modernized equipment already in service with the armed forces.

The first project will be the transfer of 15 modernized T-72EA tanks. Delivery will take place in the coming months.

Earlier, the Czech Republic delivered 45 modernized T-72 tanks to Ukraine as part of a joint project with the US and the Netherlands.

The Czech Republic noted that negotiations regarding equipment supply will take place depending on the needs of the Ukrainian side.

"We will receive information from Ukraine about the current need. Czech companies will provide us with their proposals. Then we will present everything to our foreign partners who will finance the project," explained the Agency for Intergovernmental Defense Cooperation, which is part of the Ministry of Defense.

As reported, on September 19, the 15th meeting of about 50 states that provide military support to Ukraine took place at the US Air Force Base Ramstein in western Germany. As during the previous meetings, the participants announced their intentions to continue assisting Ukraine. For the first time, Rustem Umerov was present at the event as the new head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

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