Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Germany will deliver the first of four advanced IRIS-T air defense systems to Ukraine in the coming days to help prevent drone attacks. , Defense Secretary Christine Lambrecht said during an unannounced visit to Odessa on Saturday.
When the air raid sirens sounded in the aforementioned port city, Lambrecht held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov in an underground bunker. Lambrecht extended a visit to nearby Moldova for the meeting.
“In the next few days we will deliver the very modern IRIS-T air defense system,” she told ARD television. “It’s very important for drone defense in particular.”
Ukraine has seen more attacks from Iranian-made kamikaze drones in recent weeks, causing severe damage to infrastructure.
It first emerged in May that Berlin was considering sending the IRIS-T air defense system, which costs 150 million euros ($147 million) each.
The German armed forces themselves do not currently possess this system, which is considered the most advanced in the world.
Earlier, meeting with her Moldovan counterpart Anatolie Nosatii in Chisinau, she urged Western countries not to stop arming Ukraine by threats that Russia could use nuclear weapons.
“We have to be very careful,” she said. “But we must not let ourselves be paralyzed.”
Germany is facing calls to step up its support to Ukraine, including sending offensive weapons such as modern tanks which Kyiv says it needs to engage Russian forces.
Berlin has so far opposed such calls, arguing that such moves would escalate the situation and pointing out that no country has so far sent more modern tanks than its older counterparts. Soviet Union sent by the countries of the former Warsaw Pact.
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