NATO allies pledge additional air defence systems for Kyiv, Stoltenberg says

By Thomson Reuters Apr 19, 2024 | 10:36 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO allies on Friday agreed to provide Kyiv with additional air defence systems, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said after a special meeting of allied defence ministers with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

“In addition to Patriots, there are other weapons that allies can provide, including (the French system) SAMP/T, and many others, who do not have available systems, have pledged to provide financial support to purchase them for Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.

Zelenskiy asked for the meeting, which was held online, as his country is facing a shortage of ammunition, with vital funding from the U.S. blocked by Republicans in Congress for months and the EU failing to deliver munitions on time.

Stoltenberg didn’t go into detail how many new air defence systems Ukraine will receive, but said he expected fresh announcements in the coming days.

“Help is on its way. And I expect more help and support to be announced in the very near future,” he told reporters.

Last week, Germany pledged to supply Kyiv with a third Patriot battery out of its military stocks.

The United States has the highest number of Patriot systems in its inventories. In Europe, nations such as Spain and Greece own Patriot batteries.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer and Sabine Siebold)