Prague plans to send military equipment to Kyiv – EURACTIV.com
The new Czech government wants to help Ukraine in the face of the escalating situation at the borders with Russia, said Defense Minister Jana Černochová (ODS, ECR) in an interview with the daily Hospodářské noviny.
In the interview, Černochová confirmed that the Czech Republic is willing to send or sell military equipment to Kyiv. According to the Minister, the supply of arms or ammunition to Ukraine must be coordinated with other countries, in particular the Visegrad countries, Germany, Austria or the Baltic States.
“The Czech Republic is historically, politically and in terms of alliances on the side of Ukraine. If Ukraine needs help, we will do our best to help it,” the minister said.
As reported by Hospodářské noviny, the Minister of Defense is currently negotiating with the head of the Czech army Aleš Opata on the possible needs of Ukraine. In addition, the head of the Ukrainian armed forces, General Valery Zaluzhnyj, is expected to visit Prague soon.
At the same time, the Czech army will send six members of its special forces to Ukraine for a joint exercise “Silver Saber 2022” in late February or early March. The exercise is taking place as part of NATO’s plan to develop the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“The involvement of Czech special forces in the Silver Saber 2022 exercise has been in preparation for some time, so it is not an immediate response to the current escalation of the situation,” said the carrier. word of the Ministry of Defense to EURACTIV.cz.
The United States and the United Kingdom have already decided to ship weapons to Ukraine. Germany, however, refused to join them, saying such a move could increase tensions in the region and hamper negotiations with Russia.
(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)