Ukraine has ‘pressing want’ for air defence, says NATO chief Stoltenberg | EUROtoday

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated Thursday that Ukraine had an “urgent, critical need for more air defence”, at a G7 overseas ministers’ assembly on the Italian island of Capri.

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While NATO allies had made “encouraging” latest commitments on army assist, he stated: “We should have given them more earlier.”

He was chatting with reporters forward of a working session on Ukraine, additionally attended by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Ukraine has struggled on the battlefield for months, outgunned and outnumbered by Russian forces amid a scarcity of Western army assist.

Stoltenberg stated there had been “important, encouraging signs” of recent army assist from NATO allies, together with the scheduling of a US Congressional vote this weekend on a long-stalled $61-billion bundle of assist.

“It’s of vital importance that NATO allies sustain and step up their support. We will focus today on air defence. There’s an urgent, critical need for more air defence,” Stoltenberg stated.