German Defense Minister Lambrecht: Warsaw and Berlin agreed to deploy Patriot air defense systems
BERLIN, 21 November – RIA Novosti. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that the German Ministry of Defense and the heads of Poland have agreed on the patrolling of Polish airspace by German Eurofighter warplanes and the deployment of Patriot air defense systems in the country.
“Poland is not particularly protected as our friend, ally, and neighbor of Ukraine. Together with my Polish colleague Mariusz Blaszczak, I agreed to send Patriot air defense systems to Poland and support the protection of Polish airspace with Eurofighter warplanes.” Said Lambrecht, whose words were quoted on Twitter by the German Ministry of Defense.
Earlier, Lambrecht said in an interview with the German edition of the Rheinische Post that Germany offered Poland the Patriot missile defense system. Defense Ministry spokesman Christian Tils said Berlin will also offer Warsaw air patrols by the Bundeswehr.
These recommendations were made in Poland against the backdrop of events on the Ukrainian border.
On the evening of November 15, a rocket crashed on the territory of Poland near the border with Ukraine – two people were killed. Initially, there were speculations about Russian missiles. But Polish President Andrzej Duda later said he had no proof that the crashed missile belonged to Russia and that it “most likely” belonged to Ukrainian air defense. NATO also voiced similar data. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that there were no attacks on targets near the Ukraine-Polish border that day. In a statement on the “missile incident”, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed confidence that an impartial investigation and the disclosure of its results would reveal “provocation”.
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