Video 11:22 19 Apr 2024

Kuleba meets with Italian FM to discuss Ukraine's air defense strengthening

Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, met with his Italian counterpart, Antonio Tajani. They specifically addressed how Italy could assist in bolstering Ukraine's air defense capabilities.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy announced this on the X social network.

"I am pleased to meet with Antonio Tajani and thank Italy for its excellent leadership in the Group of Seven, as well as active and consistent support for Ukraine," Kuleba wrote.

He also thanked Italy for its participation in the restoration of Ukraine and expressed hope for new projects in this regard.

"We discussed practical steps on how Italy can help strengthen Ukraine's air defense. We are also grateful for Italy's participation in the recovery of Ukraine and look forward to more projects in this regard," informed the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On April 18, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz noted that NATO partners could supply Ukraine with six Patriot systems.

The Netherlands has publicly announced its readiness to purchase the Patriot battery.

There are also several states that are ready right now to buy the Patriot air defense system from any country in the world that agrees to it and for the price that it names.

However, according to Kuleba, it is equally important to recognize NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's statement that there is no need to use the need for NATO standards as an excuse.

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President Zelensky recently emphasized the need for Ukraine to acquire 25 Patriot air defense systems or their equivalent to secure the country's airspace fully.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, also announced that Ukraine has identified 100 Patriots available globally, but Ukraine needs to obtain seven to protect against Russian missiles.

In addition, according to the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ukraine is ready to lend seven batteries of the Patriot air defense system.

Earlier, Kuleba outlined five priorities for Ukrainian diplomats to focus on in 2024.

 Strengthening air defense is a crucial focus for Kyiv this year. Ukraine is seeking to acquire not only the Patriot air defense systems but also the Samp-T systems.

It is also worth adding that the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, believes that it is cheaper to buy American Patriot systems for Ukraine than to restore a thermal power plant that was destroyed by a Russian missile.

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