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Five countries will provide Ukraine with more Patriot systems - Biden

The United States will primarily transfer Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine. Source: Newsweek

The United States has promised to transfer existing Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine on a priority basis, with other customer countries receiving the systems later. So far, five countries have expressed their readiness to provide Kyiv with Patriot air defense systems.

This was stated by US President Joseph Biden at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In turn, Zelenskyy reminded that Ukraine urgently needs seven such air defense systems.

"We have the support of five countries to provide Patriot systems. We also let the countries that expect us to supply Patriot in the future know that they will have to wait. Everything we have will be transferred to Ukraine, and only later will we proceed to fulfill our contractual obligations to other countries," Biden said.

For his part, the President of Ukraine reiterated that "both Biden and all other partners know that we urgently need 7 Patriot systems to protect our cities."

"We discussed the possibility of getting 5 of them, it's true, and the partners are working on it. This does not mean that tomorrow we will have 5 systems, but we see good results for Ukraine in the near future," the Ukrainian president said.

As a reminder, on June 11, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced positive decisions on the transfer of 2-3 Patriot systems to Ukraine.

On the same day, Germany promised Ukraine dozens of interceptor missiles for the Patriot system.

Germany also agreed to provide Ukraine with one Patriot battery. This will be the third system to be transferred by the country.

As reported, the possibility of strengthening Ukraine's air defense, including the transfer of Patriot systems, will be discussed at the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine's Defense in the Ramstein format in the first place. The meeting will focus on protecting the skies over Ukraine.

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