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Berlin hosts coalition conference to strengthen Ukraine's air defense

Berlin hosts coalition conference to strengthen Ukraine's air defense Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Today, on December 13, a coalition conference took place in Berlin, intending to bolster air defense support in Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Defense of Germany.

"Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced during the meeting of the Defense Contact Group of Ukraine on November 22 that Germany and France are leading the Coalition for Integrated Air and Missile Defense," the statement reads.

Today in Berlin, the inaugural conference of the coalition regarding the potential for long-term reinforcement of Ukraine's air defense took place.

Approximately 70 participants from 22 countries, along with representatives from the EU and NATO, attended. The Ministry of Defense has stated that the coalition aims to coordinate the development of Ukraine's air defense architecture, which will be interoperable with NATO.

Strengthening of air defense in Ukraine

Since the onset of full-scale warfare in Ukraine, Western countries have provided a significant number of air defense systems and complexes that effectively neutralize Russian missiles or drones.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has stated that the second Patriot air defense system, transferred to Ukraine from Germany, will be deployed and operational by the end of the current year.

It has been also announced today that Norway will transfer additional NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine worth 335 million Norwegian kroner (30 million dollars).