“A First Step”
Estonia supplies anti-tank missiles to Kiev
02/19/2022, 10:40 am
It is said to be a “real and decisive contribution” to “defense against Russian aggression”: Estonia supplies Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. However, it is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Amid heavy tensions with Russia, Ukraine has received its first batch of weapons from Estonia. The Estonian Defense Ministry said in Tallinn that Javelin anti-tank missiles had arrived in Kiev and were handed over to Ukraine. No information has been reported on the number of missiles fired.
“This is a small step for Estonia in favor of Ukraine, but it is a real and decisive contribution to the defense against Russian aggression,” said Lt. Gen. Martin Herm, head of the Baltic EU and NATO military. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Resnikov thanked for the support. “We see – we’re not alone,” he tweeted.
Estonia, along with the other two Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania, announced the supply of US-made weapons systems to Kiev with Washington’s approval. This should strengthen the security capabilities of Ukraine. Stinger anti-aircraft missiles have already been delivered from Lithuania to Kiev.
The government is blocking
Estonia also wants to supply Ukraine with nine howitzers from old GTR stock. These were first handed over to Finland by Pantesware and then from there to Estonia. The agreement stipulates that Germany must agree to a transfer. Response from Berlin is still pending.
The federal government has so far clearly refused to supply arms to Ukraine. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht recently announced that Berlin will supply 5,000 helmets to Ukraine. However, this provoked little excitement in Ukraine. Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko has renewed his criticism of the federal government: “Thank you very much for the 5,000 helmets,” he said Friday. At the Munich Security Conference “But that’s not enough.” Former Greens boss Reinhard Buttikofer also slammed the offer: “I would say: 5000 helmets – it’s very embarrassing.”
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