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Ukraine needs 'powerful missile defence system': Zelensky

28.06.2022 13:35
Ukraine needs a powerful missile defence system to prevent Russian attacks, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday, ahead of a summit of NATO leaders.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.Photo: EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Zelensky announced on Twitter that he had a phone conversation with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg to coordinate positions on the eve of the NATO summit in Madrid.

He added that, during his talk with Stoltenberg, he "stressed the importance of a powerful missile defense system for Ukraine to prevent Russian terrorist attacks."

Stoltenberg tweeted that he spoke with Zelensky on "Russia's war of aggression." He added that the Western military alliance was poised to "step up support" for its "close partner Ukraine, now and for the longer term."

"NATO allies stand with you," Stoltenberg also tweeted, addressing Zelensky.

The posts came after media outlets reported on Monday that the United States was set to announce the purchase of an advanced ground-to-air missile defence system for Ukraine later this week.

The NASAMS missile defence system is expected to be bought and shipped to Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), Poland’s tysol.pl website reported, citing the US broadcaster CNN.

The White House last week announced an additional USD 450 million in military aid to Ukraine. 

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden’s administration said it would supply Ukraine with an additional USD 1 billion in security assistance, including howitzers, ammunition and coastal defence systems.

Tuesday is day 125 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP, Reuters