- NATO states decision on Patriot deployment to specific countries
- Poland requested to send German launchers to western Ukraine
BERLIN/WARSAW (Reuters) – Germany said on Friday it was in talks with its allies about a Polish request to send German Patriot air defenses to Ukraine.
“We are discussing with our allies how to deal with the Polish … proposal,” a German government spokesman told reporters in Berlin.
Berlin gave Warsaw its Patriot system to secure its airspace after a stray missile crashed in Poland last week, killing two people. Polish Defense Minister Marius Blaszczak later asked Germany to send firefighters to Ukraine instead.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said such deployment should be decided by individual countries, taking into account the rules regarding end users.
“Certain decisions on specific systems are national decisions,” he told reporters in Brussels.
“Sometimes there are end-user agreements and such, so they have to consult with other allies. But in the end, that (decision) has to be made by national governments,” he added. .
Stoltenberg’s comments came after German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Thursday that sharing German Patriot forces outside NATO territory would require prior consultation with NATO and its allies. was done.
Patriot is produced by the US company Raytheon (RTX.N).
On Friday, the Polish president said it was a German decision where the Patriot air defenses would be stationed, adding that it would be better for Poland’s security if it was on Ukrainian territory near the border.
At a press conference in Kaunas, Lithuania, Foreign Minister Andrzej Duda said: “From a military point of view, it is best for them to be in Ukraine and defend Polish territory, so that both Ukraine and Poland are most effectively protected. We will be able to protect it,” he said. “But the decision is up to the German side.”
Duda later said Germany would not have to send Patriot forces to Ukraine and operate NATO forces.
“But if there is no agreement on this, let them be here (Poland) and protect us,” Duda wrote on Twitter.
Blaszczak, on the sidelines of a NATO exercise in northeastern Poland, attacked Berlin, stating that he was astonished at the idea that German Patriots were too advanced to be transferred to Ukraine.
“These are the old Patriots and the Polish version is the latest … The claim that the old German Patriots are so advanced is not true,” he said.
Reported by Sabine Siebold, Bart Meijer and Miranda Murray. Additional reporting by Alan Charlish, Pawel Florkiewicz and Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk from Warsaw.Edited by Frank Jack Daniels, Philippa Fletcher and William McLean
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