NATO to prioritize bolstering Ukraine’s air defenses, Stoltenberg says

12 October 2022, 04:04 PM
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Sending additional air defense systems to Ukraine is now NATO’s priority, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Oct. 12.

Stoltenberg was speaking with the press after a meeting of NATO defense officials in Brussels, Belgium. Kyiv’s request for additional anti-air equipment was on the meeting’s agenda.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, after massive Russian strikes on Ukraine, asked the leaders of G-7 countries to supply Ukraine with medium and long-range air defense and anti-missile defense systems. Ukraine has repeatedly asked its foreign allies to help secure its skies from Russian air strikes.

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U.S. President Joe Biden, during his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Oct. 10, pledged to “continue providing Ukraine with the support needed to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.” He condemned Russia’s missile strikes across Ukraine, and conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed and injured in these “senseless attacks.”

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