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Germany seeks additional air defense for Ukraine

21 April, 2024 Sunday
19:21

The German government confirms it is in talks with other countries about new air defense commitments for Ukraine.

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Politico writes about it.

Last week, the German Foreign and Defense Ministers launched the Immediate Air Defense Action (IAAD) initiative, in which they sent a letter to allies calling on governments to find and fund more air defense systems for Ukraine.

“Russia is trying to destroy Odesa, Ukraine’s economic lifeline, and [Kharkiv], its industrial and technology hub,” reads the letter sent to the allies by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. “ "It is up to us to help Ukraine defend itself against this murderous onslaught.”

Germany later said that some countries have already expressed interest in the initiative. According to the German defense ministry, Denmark and the Netherlands are currently negotiating financial support for the IAAD.

"Several other partners have also agreed to intensively examine whether they can also supply systems or provide resources," the ministry added.

In addition to the Patriot missile systems, the German initiative includes locally produced alternatives such as SAMP/T, NASAMS, HAWK, IRIS-T, or S-300 air defense systems.

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