Zakharova threatens to bomb Rheinmetall plant to be built in Ukraine: Germany responds
The German arms concern Rheinmetall has responded to the threats made by Maria Zakharova, a representative of the Russian aggressor country's Ministry of Defence, who threatened that Russia would attack the plant the concern will build in Ukraine. They said they were not going to respond to the aggressor's threats and would not stop the construction of the plant.
Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said this on Thursday, 20 July. His words were quoted by Bild. He added that the concern plans to protect the plant from Russian missile and drone attacks as much as possible.
For this purpose, Rheinmetall uses air defence systems of its own production.
Papperger stressed that the group will continue to support Ukraine in its fight against a full-scale Russian invasion.
"For us at Rheinmetall, the key objective is to support our Ukrainian partners in their fight for freedom and democracy and to meet their urgent needs as soon as possible," Papperger added.
It is worth noting that at a briefing on 20 July, Zakharova said that the armoured vehicle production plant that Rheinmetall plans to open in Ukraine is allegedly a "legitimate target" for Russia.
Earlier, Papperger said that the plant would start operating in October 2023. The company will operate in the western part of the country and will not only produce tanks and other armoured vehicles, but also train Ukrainians to maintain them.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Rheinmetall is also working on creating a service centre for military equipment that is being transferred to Ukraine as part of military aid from Western countries. The centre will be located in Romania, Ukraine's neighbour.