Ukraine, Czech Republic to produce arms jointly, President Pavel says
Zuzana Chaputova, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Petro Pavel in Kyiv on April 28, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)
Ukraine and the Czech Republic have prepared six joint projects for the production of weapons and ammunition, as well as tank maintenance, Czech President Petr Pavel said during a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on April 28.
Pavel noted that the Czech Republic and Ukraine have common projects that can be implemented quickly. Other initiatives have also been prepared in five key areas, including the reconstruction of Ukraine, focusing chiefly on energy and transport infrastructure.
“We have prepared six key projects for joint production based on both Ukrainian and Czech companies,” said Pavel.
“As for specific projects: they concern the production of weapons, ammunition, tank repairs (T-62), as well as the potential production of trainer aircraft. For us, the transfer of technologies and production is a priority, so that production could take place partially or entirely on the territory of Ukraine.”
“The final result will reflect technologies that both sides have.”
On April 28, Czech President Petr Pavel and Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová arrived in Kyiv. They signed a joint declaration with President Zelenskyy, pledging their support for Ukraine’s NATO accession and establishing a special international tribunal for Russian crimes of aggression.
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