Germany in talks with allies on Poland’s idea to send Patriot systems to Ukraine
Germany is consulting with its allies on Poland’s initiative to send Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine (Photo:NATO/flickr.com)
Germany is consulting with its allies on Poland’s initiative to send Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine, a German government spokesperson told Ukraine’s Ukrinform news agency on Nov. 25.
Christiane Hoffmann, the First Deputy Spokesperson of the Federal Government and Deputy Head of the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government said Germany was now consulting with allies.
“Of course, we considered Poland’s reaction to this proposal, as well as the fact that our proposal was positively received by the public in Poland,”she said.
“We’re consulting with Poland and our allies about how we will proceed with the Polish initiative.”
According to Hoffmann, if the Patriot systems were transferred directly to Ukraine, it would create a “new situation.”
Germany offered to supply Poland with the Patriot systems after a missile incident near the border with Ukraine.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Nov. 23 asked Germany to send Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine instead of his country.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki supported this idea.
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Patriot air defense systems are intended for the defense of NATO airspace, so their transfer to Ukraine requires the consent of allied countries.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Air Force said that Patriot systems could significantly improve Ukraine’s air defenses.
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