Berlin will consider ways to increase its security assistance to Ukraine after Washington's decision to transfer Patriot air defense system to Kyiv, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told German newspaper Der Spiegel on Dec. 22.
“After the Patriot is transferred, we will also see what else we can deliver because we know these air defense systems save lives,” Baerbock said.
The minister also said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington was an important milestone and praised his address to the U.S. Congress.
On Dec. 21, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled to Washington in his first trip abroad since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Zelenskyy met with U.S. President Joe Biden and delivered a speech to a joint U.S. Congress session, while the White House announced a $1.85 billion security assistance package for Ukraine – including a Patriot air defense battery.
Citing an unnamed Pentagon official, CNN reported it will take “months” for the Ukrainian military to train how to properly operate and maintain Patriot.
Earlier, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said that Berlin currently doesn’t have free Patriot systems to send to Ukraine.