Slovakia Offers Ukraine S-300 Air Defense Systems If It Gets Replacement

March 18, 2022   |   Tags:
Slovakia Offers Ukraine S-300 Air Defense Systems If It Gets Replacement

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

Slovakia’s defense minister said Thursday that the country was willing to give Ukraine its S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems if it receives a “proper replacement.”

At a press conference in Slovakia with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said Slovakia was discussing the S-300s with the US and Ukraine. “We’re willing to do so immediately when we have a proper replacement. The only strategic air defense system that we have in Slovakia is S-300 system,” he said.

S-300 file, Wiki Commons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked for the S-300 air defense system in a plea to Congress on Wednesday. Ukraine is seeking the Soviet-designed S-300s since it already has some in its inventory and its forces are trained to use them. Other missile systems, such as the US-made Patriots, would require extensive training.

When asked about the US potentially replacing Slovakia’s S-300s, Austin said he didn’t have an announcement to make but said the US would continue to discuss the issue with its NATO allies.

The US considered a similar proposal to backfill Poland’s fight jets with US warplanes if Warsaw gave Ukraine old Russian-made MiG-29s but ultimately decided sending the aircraft into Ukraine was too risky.

Sending S-300s and other weapons to Ukraine still risks provoking Russia, and Moscow on Thursday warned against providing Ukraine with air defense systems.

“Such deliveries … would be a destabilizing factor which will definitely not bring peace to Ukraine,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “In the long term, they could have much more dangerous consequences.”

Tyler Durden Fri, 03/18/2022 - 14:34


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