Ukraine aiming for promises of supplies of powerful weapons at next Ramstein meeting

7 January, 02:30 PM
A meeting in the Rammstein format on September 8 (Photo:REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen)

A meeting in the Rammstein format on September 8 (Photo:REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen)

Ukraine is hoping the next “Ramstein format” meeting of Ukraine’s military backers will yield promises of the supply of a fresh crop of powerful new weapons from its allies to help the country defeat Russia’s invasion forces, officials in Kyiv say.

The eighth Ramstein summit will take place on Jan. 20, the Ministry of Defense of Germany wrote on its website on Jan. 6. A press release on the meeting was issued after talks between German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Among other things, they discussed the current situation at the front and the transfer of military aid to Kyiv, including armored personnel carriers and Patriot air defense systems, the press release reads.

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The Ukrainian President’s Office said that Kyiv expected a “decision on the maximum strengthening of Ukraine” from the forthcoming event.

The last Ramstein meeting was held on Nov. 16, 2022. The meetings of Ukraine’s allies are named after the U.S. air base in Germany where the first such gathering was held.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that this year Ukraine would receive weapons that it did not manage to obtain in 2022.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov also held a conversation with the head of the Pentagon on Jan. 6. They discussed the details of the new U.S. aid package and the next Ramstein meeting.

On Jan. 6, the United States announced its largest ever individual aid package to Ukraine, at $3 billion. It included, in particular, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Sea Sparrow anti-aircraft missiles, which can now be used by Soviet-made Buk air defense systems.

Previously, France announced that it would transfer to Ukraine AMX-10RC “wheeled tanks” — the first Western tanks to be provided to Kyiv — and Bastion armored vehicles.

And earlier Germany promised it would equip the Ukrainian military with 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles and a battery of Patriot air defense systems, which would delivered by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

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