S-300 for Ukraine: talks are underway, decisions in secret session
WASHINGTON — A senior Pentagon official told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that the Biden administration was working to satisfy Slovakia’s offer to send an S-300 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine to protect itself from Russian airstrikes.
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Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Celeste Wallander said at a hearing Wednesday in the House Armed Services Committee that the United States is developing options or taking into account Slovakia’s desire to implement the deal. BulgarianMilitary.com learned this information by referring to the American online portal Defense News.
As you know, two weeks ago, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nagy made an impromptu proposal for the possibility of sending S-300 SAMs to Ukraine if the Western allies provided his country with a “proper replacement” to preserve its air defense capabilities. Among other things, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin did not rule out the delivery of US Patriot complexes to Slovakia, which borders Ukraine.
As for the fate of potential S-300s for Ukraine, Celeste Wallander said coordination talks were underway with some countries and that a more detailed answer would be given at a secret session.
“We are working to ensure that countries that have Soviet air defense systems, including S-300 systems, and that have spare parts, missiles, various parts of this S-300, can hand it over to Ukraine”.
There are enough supporters in the US Congress to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. However, the Biden administration opposes such a decision. At the same time, under pressure from congressmen, measures have been stepped up to find options for the supply of air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine.
The hearings in the House of Commons committee also focused on prospects for the delivery of US anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, implementation of Poland’s proposal to send its MiG-29s to Ukrainians, and measures to stimulate the production of Javelin and Stinger anti-tank systems in Ukraine. own reserves.
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