Poland suggests Germany give Patriot missiles to Ukraine

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Poland suggests Germany give Patriot missiles to Ukraine

According to Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, said that Patriot missiles offered by Germany to Poland should be sent to Ukraine because it makes sense from a military point of view.

On Sunday, Germany offered Poland several batteries from its Patriot missile defence system after two Poles died when a Ukrainian missile landed near the Ukrainian border.

Poland suggested Germany give the system to Ukraine.

From a military point of view it would be best to place the Patriot batteries in Ukraine, at a certain distance from the Polish border, said Duda.

He stated that the system would allow the system to protect Poland and its citizens as well as part of Ukraine, but noted that final decisions in the matter lie with Germany.

If Germany does not agree that the system could be installed in Ukraine, then Poland should accept it, Duda wrote on Twitter.

Patriot batteries could be sent to Ukraine without Nato troops operating the system, according to Duda.

Ukraine has been long asking for them and will surely agree that the batteries will be placed in such a location, which will make it possible to protect also the Nato states, for example, Poland, the president wrote later in the day.

The German government has said that Nato restrictions mean that missiles can't be located outside the alliance.

On Friday, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said decisions on the Patriots' possible deployment in Ukraine would be taken at the national level. PAP mb md jch at ej