Pentagon to hold another Ramstein meeting next week to discuss military aid to Ukraine

11 November 2022, 12:14 PM
Ramstein meeting on September 8 (Photo:REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen)

Ramstein meeting on September 8 (Photo:REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen)

Another meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine (named the “Ramstein format”, after the NATO base in Germany where the meetings were first held) will be held at the Pentagon next week, U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson Sabrina Singh said during a press briefing on Nov. 10.

According to Singh, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will host the meeting.

“This meeting will be hosted virtually, here at the Pentagon, and will allow for the secretary and ministers of defense from nearly 50 countries to discuss efforts to supply Ukraine with the means to defend its sovereignty from further Russian aggression,” she said.

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The United States announced a $400 million aid package to Ukraine on Nov. 10, which included four Avenger air defense systems and missiles for the HAWK air defense system.

Earlier Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine’s air defenses were given top priority at an Oct. 12 Ramstein format meeting.

According to the defense minister, the Defense Forces of Ukraine received the following Western-type weapons over six months:

  • The first one of four air defence systems IRIS-T;
  • Several dozen MLRS systems of three types (M142 HIMARS, M270, Mars II). Ukraine is expecting replenishment both in quantity and weapon types soon;
  • Hundreds of 155-mm (M777, FN70, PzH 2000, M109, Krab, Caesar, Zuzana) and 105-mm (M101, L119) artillery systems;
  • Hundreds of APCs and IFVs (including M113, VAB, FV 103 Spartan);
  • Hundreds of armored vehicles (including Bushmaster, Iveco, Mastiff, Husky, Ford, MRAP).
  • Hundreds of mortars;
  • Thousands of anti-tank missile systems (including JAVELIN, NLAW, MILAN, TOW, BILL, HELLFIRE);
  • More than a thousand portable anti-aircraft missile systems (including Stinger, Piorun, Mistral, Martlet, Starstreak, Stormer);
  • Dozens of radars of various types;
  • Dozens of UAVs;
  • HARM anti-radar missiles;
  • Harpoon anti-ship systems;
  • Thousands of different types of small arms and much more.

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