German Chancellor Scholz urges need for additional Patriot air defense to Ukraine

(MENAFN) German Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized the need for additional deliveries of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine from other countries ahead of his departure for a three-day NATO summit in Washington. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Scholz highlighted Germany's contribution of a third Patriot system and its support through the provision of Iris-Ts and Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to bolster Ukraine's air defense capabilities.

Scholz underscored that Germany has called upon other European nations and international partners to increase their support for Ukraine in defending against missile attacks. He expressed hope for further deployments of Patriot systems from other countries, emphasizing the ongoing importance of such contributions.

The statements come in the wake of missile and cruise missile strikes by Russia on various Ukrainian cities, including accusations by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Russia targeted a children's hospital in Kyiv. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov categorically denied these accusations on Tuesday, stating that Russian attacks focus on critical infrastructure and military targets associated with the Kyiv government's military capabilities.

The NATO summit, scheduled to span three days in Washington, will commemorate NATO's 75th anniversary and bring together leaders from NATO member states, partner countries, and the European Union. The summit serves as a platform to address critical security issues, including responses to ongoing conflicts and strategic defense partnerships in light of current geopolitical tensions.



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