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Prime Minister of the Netherlands offers to buy Patriot from countries that do not want to transfer them to Ukraine

Mark Rutte said the Netherlands is ready to buy Patriot systems for Ukraine

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte has taken the initiative to buy Patriot systems from countries that do not want to directly transfer them to Ukraine. Receiving these air defense systems is very important for our country.

Rutte said this when he arrived on Wednesday, April 17, at the summit of European Union leaders. He was quoted by the British newspaper The Guardian. He noted that there are many countries that are "sitting on a big pile of Patriot systems."

"We can buy from them, we can deliver to Ukraine, we have the money. This is extremely important," Rutte said.

He emphasized that efforts should be made to convince countries that have Patriot systems to provide them to Ukraine to protect it from Russian attacks. Rutte and the current NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the allies to carefully examine their stockpiles and transfer air defense systems to Kyiv. Our military also urgently needs surface-to-air missiles, the prime minister added.

"Ukraine needs all the air defense that we can get for it, and it needs all the ammunition. We must do this," he emphasized.

Recently, the Netherlands promised to provide Ukraine with €4 billion in military aid over the next two years, including a certain number of Patriot systems, although Rutte did not specify how many systems the Ukrainian Armed Forces would receive.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Europe has less than a hundred Patriot missile systems in stock. The Alliance is working on supplying them to Ukraine.

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