Ukraine in talks with U.S. over supply of long-range missiles, says ambassador
Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova (Photo:NV)
Kyiv is discussing the supply of long-range missiles with a strike radius larger than that of the HIMARS rocket system with Washington, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova said in an interview with CNN, published on Oct. 4.
"We have always said that we need weapons with a long range. Discussions are ongoing now," she stated.
Markarova also said that Ukraine “works closely with our partners”, in response to a question about whether Ukraine would give the United States the right to control the choice of targets if long-range missiles are provided.
“Our defense ministers and commanders-in-chief hold regular conversations,” Markarova said.
“Discussions are also held at the Ramstein base. So I don't think there is any misunderstanding between us.”
Earlier, CNN reported that Ukraine offered the U.S. full information and control over the targets for strikes, if the U.S. would provide Ukraine’s military with ATACMS long-range missiles.
These missiles would allow Ukraine to go beyond the 70-80 km strike radius which is currently the maximum for the Ukrainian Armed Forces' M-142 HIMARS and M-270 multiple launch rocket systems. ATACMS in M-48 and M-57 modifications can hit targets at a distance of up to 300 km.
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