Netherlands will transfer Patriot SAM battery to Ukraine

17 January, 09:41 PM
Mark Rutte (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Mark Rutte (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)

The Netherlands will provide Ukraine with an additional Patriot air defense system – on top of the two previously pledged by the United States and Germany, Dutch PM Mark Rutte said during his visit to Washington on Jan. 17, as reported by Reuters.

During his meeting with the U.S. President Joe Biden, Rutte said the Netherlands will join the U.S.-German initiative to equip Ukraine with modern anti-air defenses.

The PM said he already discussed the matter with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On Jan. 16, Ukrainian soldiers arrived in the United States to train in operating Patriot SAM systems.

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Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak earlier said Ukraine expects to receive Patriot batteries by mid-Spring 2023, as it would take several months for Ukrainian troops to master the system.

On Dec. 21, 2022, the United States announced plans to provide Kyiv with a Patriot battery. The German government made a similar statement on Jan. 5.

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