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Italy transfers other air defence systems to Ukraine in addition to SAMP/T

Tuesday, 21 February 2023, 21:19
Italy transfers other air defence systems to Ukraine in addition to SAMP/T

Italy is considering the possibility of sending other air defence systems to Ukraine, in addition to the SAMP/T-MAMBA complexes, which it plans to transfer together with France.

Source: Giorgia Meloni, Prime Minister of Italy, during a briefing in Kyiv together with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine

Quote: "Whebever an attack happens, all weapons are defensive. Currently, there is no question of sending aircraft, this decision must be made with international partners. We have focused on air defence systems, SAMP/T, Spada, Skyguard. The priority is to protect infrastructure and citizens," Meloni said.


"As for air defence systems, we have been working a lot with France on this issue to quickly jointly transfer a system that is very important, the SAMP/T. The new package also includes other important systems, such as Spada and Skyguard. For us today, the absolute priority is to protect Ukraine's strategic infrastructure and to protect the civilian population," Meloni said during the press conference.

Zelenskyy has also noted that Italy is preparing to send additional air defence systems for Ukraine.

"There is a powerful package. We are really getting SAMP/T... Very serious technologies. We worked on this for a long time, and the personal leadership of the Prime Minister gave us the opportunity to get these systems. In addition, Ukraine will receive two more important systems," Zelenskyy said.

Meloni arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday around noon by a train that left Przemyśl railway station at night. She visited the cities of Bucha and Irpin in Kyiv Oblast and held talks with Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

This is Meloni's first visit to Ukraine since her government came to power in October.

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