"Patriots" could be in Ukraine within weeks: Kuleba confessed about what he discusses with partners behind closed doors

"Patriots" could be in Ukraine within weeks: Kuleba confessed about what he discusses with partners behind closed doors

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, spoke about negotiations with partners regarding additional air defense equipment  / Photo: Associated Press

"The topic of air defense systems for Ukraine has been the hottest since the start of the full-scale invasion. If the countries where the American "Patriot" batteries are located, expressed readiness to transfer them to Ukraine, they would be in service with of the Armed Forces of Ukraine within weeks," said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in an interview with TSN.Tyzhden. 

He stressed that the issue of air defense systems for Ukraine is the most urgent since the start of the full-scale invasion, and President Zelenskyy has tasked all levels with seeking opportunities to obtain "Patriots" to protect the sky.

Dmytro Kuleba admits that in conversations with Western partners he agrees to all conditions that would allow protecting the sky over Ukraine from Russian attacks. 

"When we sit behind closed doors, I say to all my partners: "My dear friends, whatever you want - if you want to lease it, let's lease it. If you want "Patriot" to cover your border, let's do it, but give it to us", the Minister explained.

Kuleba noted that the "revolt" of the European Parliament, which refused to finance the EU Council until EU countries provide Ukraine with additional "Patriot" systems, was the "achievement" of the active work of the Ukrainian team.

"We awakened all political forces in the European Parliament. We raised such a wave. People read newspapers. They see what's happening, they see what Ukraine is asking for, and they think: "What can I do to help Ukraine?" Just three weeks ago, no one except Ukraine was talking about the need for new systems. We were shouting somewhere, and it all dissolved in the air," he emphasized.

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