Poland could transfer post-Soviet missiles for air defense systems to Ukraine — Duda

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during bilateral talks on April 11. Photo: president.gov.ua

Polish President Andrzej Duda considers sending more USSR-produced missiles to Ukraine as a respond to Ukraine’s urgent need of improved air defense.

He made such a statement during a Three Seas Initiative meeting on April 11.

“Today, during a bilateral meeting, we talked with Mr President Zelenskyy about certain assets. There are still missiles from the Soviet era; they are currently in Poland’s stockpile. We discussed their transfer for the benefit of Ukraine’s air defence. I will continue to talk about this with the Minister of National Defence when I return to Warsaw,” Duda said.

In advance, Polish President stressed that Poland cannot provide Patriot systems to Ukraine. The Patriot systems in Poland belong to the US and British armies and deployed in Poland to protect the airspace of Poland.

But he assured that Poland will continue to support Kyiv. He mentioned one of the examples of such support which is co-financing the Czech initiative to purchase ammunition for Ukraine.

At the Three Seas Summit in Lithuania, Andrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelenskyy also discussed further preparations for a bilateral security deal between the states. But no timeline has been mentioned.

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