German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Tuesday that his country’s offer to send Patriot anti-missile systems in Poland still stands despite Warsaw’s suggestion to direct systems against Ukraine.
Schulz said during a news conference in Berlin, “Our offer to the Polish government to protect their country has not yet been removed from the table,” according to the Associated Press.
Furthermore, he added that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Germany during a phone call on Tuesday for the financial and military support it has provided to Kiev so far, including air defense systems.
It could take years
Interestingly, Poland’s proposal has received a lukewarm response from Berlin, as some fear that the deployment of Patriot missiles in Ukraine can involve NATO in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
While defense experts said training on highly complex systems could take even years, meaning it won’t meet Ukraine’s immediate needs.
Strengthen its defenses
It was reported that after the Russian operation in Ukraine on February 24, NATO strengthened its defenses along its eastern flank.
Deployed American Patriot batteries in Poland and German Patriot batteries in Slovakia, as well as a French equivalent system for Romania.
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