The Ukrainian government expects that by the end of the year the United States will carry out additional deliveries of air defense systems to Kyiv. Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine, stated this in a commentary to the Financial Times newspaper, published on Tuesday evening on the website of the publication.
“Our partners know exactly what we will need today, next week, next month. However, we are still discussing with them a number of issues that we believe need to be addressed. I’m talking about tanks, long-range missiles, aircraft and, of course, air defense,” Yermak said, adding that in the US presidential administration Joe Biden he was told that additional deliveries of air defense systems were “possible by the end of the year.”
As the publication points out, the Biden administration is urgently adjusting its plans to make it a priority to send generators and air defense systems to Ukraine, including missiles for NASAMS anti-aircraft missile systems.
“We can talk partly about the supply of air defense systems that we can transfer right now, and partly about those that can be sent later, and now we are exploring all possible options,” a senior Pentagon official told the publication.
Earlier Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is discussing the transfer of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine. Journalist Jeff Seldin citing a high-ranking Pentagon representative, he wrote on Twitter that the US Department of Defense is considering the possibility of supplying Ukraine with all types of anti-missile and air defense systems, including Patriot. Later, at a regular press briefing, Pentagon spokesman Air Force General Patrick Ryder stated that the United States does not plan to transfer Patriot systems to Ukraine.