Polish Defense Ministry denies that Patriot systems already in Ukraine
The Minister of Defense of Poland did not say that the Patriot is already in Ukraine (Photo:NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization/flickr.com)
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak did not say that Patriot air defense systems had already been delivered to Ukraine, and such reports are due to a translation error, the Ministry of National Defense of Poland told the Ukrinform news agency on March 7.
In an interview with the Spanish daily newspaper La Razon, Błaszczak said that the positive decision to transfer Patriot air defense systems to Kyiv had been made thanks to Poland’s efforts, the agency said.
“Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak just wanted to point out that the decision to transfer the Patriot battery had been made thanks to Poland’s efforts,” the ministry said.
The Spanish newspaper Razon quoted the Polish minister as follows: “I must emphasize that thanks to the efforts made by Poland, the Patriot batteries or the first Leopard battle tanks, among other things, have already reached Ukraine.”
On Dec. 21, 2022, the U.S. White House announced a $1.85 billion military aid package for Ukraine, which for the first time included a Patriot missile defense battery.
According to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, the Armed Forces of Ukraine expect to receive the Patriot and SAMP-T air defense systems only after April 2023.
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