Czech Republic to restore arms supplies to Ukraine

  • Roksolana Dryndak
  • 2.6.2017 15:18

Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický and his Ukrainian counterpart Stěpan Poltorak agreed to renew the import of Czech weapons to Ukraine on 29 May during Stropnický's visit to Ukraine. A new declaration on cooperation was signed as well.

Stropnický announced that the Czech Republic renewed the old system of issuing trade licenses for arms exports to Ukraine. The system was suspended in the summer of 2014 due to the dangerous situation at Donbass, and the Czech Republic was committed to following the EU's recommendation, which, however, never came into force. On the contrary, Ukraine should take precedence when making arms acquisition agreements because maintaining the current capacity of the armed forces is one of the pillars of national sovereignty, especially with regard to the current situation in the east. Kiev was allegedly interested in acquiring the Dana and Vera radars. Minister Stropnický also offered Ukrainian soldiers the treatment and rehabilitation in Czech healthcare facilities and the assistance of Czech military psychologists. Although Ukraine has managed to modernise its army to a great extent in the last three and a half years, it still cannot compete with the dramatic increase in Russian capabilities. The conflict in the east of the country requires constant restocking of military technology. Although Ukraine is among the top ten world arms exporters and covers a large part of its own needs, it is now forced to buy weapons as well.

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