Ukraine’s foreign minister told CNN in an exclusive interview that the “time has come” for a decision on whether to provide his country with the Patriot missile defense system.
“We began our conversation about Patriots in the very beginning of the war – even actually before the war,” Dmytro Kuleba told CNN in Kyiv. “But now time has come to make decisions.”
The US is considering sending the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine to support their air defense capabilities against incoming Russian attacks, a senior US defense official told reporters Tuesday. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday it is still “too early” to make a conclusion on Poland’s call to move the Patriot air-defense system, offered by Germany to Ukraine.
Kuleba also said that he does not have a “single doubt that we will get through this winter.”
“The question is what will be the price of getting through this winter. And definitely having Patriots, having other advanced air defense systems, having them delivered in Ukraine within weeks, not months, will dramatically lower the price. And will allow us to defend our cities and our critical energy infrastructure,” he said.
Kuleba said that he had spoken with his American and German counterparts about the missile defense system.
“I will not conceal that it would be a huge help. It would really help us to defend the country and to minimize the price we are paying for surviving during the winter,” he added.
CNN’s Ellie Kaufman, Barbara Starr and Xiaofei Xu contributed reporting to this post.