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Talks about American air defense systems as a revolution in the minds of Ukrainian authorities

Talks about American air defense systems as a revolution in the minds of Ukrainian authorities. Over the past years, negotiations with the United States have been moving with varying success. One of the problems was the restraint of the Obama Administration. But the second huge problem was the lack of control of the Ukrainian authorities. A lot of mistakes were made. I personally saw a letter signed by the former Minister of Defense of Ukraine, who, in an extremely primitive way, requested weapons from the United States. Having received such a letter from the Minister of Defense of the country, it was possible only for them - to laugh, and for us - to cry ... Today the situation is better. Although the fact that Mr Chalyi initially spoke about the purchase of air defense systems (CPOs), and then himself corrected, suggests that often PR is becoming more important than the case. However, I emphasize that such negotiations are revolutionary in the minds of Ukrainian authorities. This means that the Ukrainian authorities understand the need for strategic rearmament. He understands that not only is it necessary to just ask for something like Javelin, but to go to the purchase. In the past, they only asked for and took what was giving (I mean the same boats Islands, which could be taken a year ago, but due to problems of the Ukrainian side, the implementation of the project was delayed a year).

Over the past years, negotiations with the United States have been moving with varying success. One of the problems was the restraint of the Obama Administration. But the second huge problem was the lack of control of the Ukrainian authorities. A lot of mistakes were made. I personally saw a letter signed by the former Minister of Defense of Ukraine, who, in an extremely primitive way, requested weapons from the United States. Having received such a letter from the Minister of Defense of the country, one could only have them - laugh, and we - cry ...

Today the situation is better. Although the fact that Mr Chalyi initially spoke about the purchase of air defense systems (CPOs), and then himself corrected, suggests that often PR is becoming more important than the case. However, I emphasize that such negotiations are revolutionary in the minds of Ukrainian authorities. This means that the Ukrainian authorities understand the need for strategic rearmament. He understands that not only is it necessary to just ask for something like Javelin, but to go to the purchase. In the past, they only asked for and took what was giving (I mean the same boats Islands, which could be taken a year ago, but due to problems of the Ukrainian side, the implementation of the project was delayed a year).

It is very important that such air defense projects went away, even in manual mode. I think it is stimulated by the fact that there are more signs of the threat of a full-scale war on the part of Russia. The authorities understand the need to hurry so that we are not in a situation of failure to resist the military vehicle of the Russian Federation.

Now about the matter. Of course, procurement of air defense systems may be, but the linear path is not fast and can last for three to five years. Americans are very reserved, their state machine requires bureaucracy and a certain confirmation of the political course chosen by Ukraine. That is, the actions of the Ukrainian authorities require serious consistency.

But there is a shorter path associated with certain trumps on our side. For example, offer the US territory for missile defense facilities - the United States global missile defense system, to offer technology for the creation of missile targets, and so on.

Recall that since the beginning of two thousand years, the United States has been studying the possibility of involving Ukrainian enterprises and, in general, Ukraine in order to make missile targets for the national system of US defense. Previously, why did Ukraine disagree? - Because there were technologies of the Soviet Union, and Russia stated that it was the successor of these technologies. That is, the United States has always been in a situation where one Ukrainian government can demonstrate its positive attitude towards Western values, and the next - as a weather vane, may return to close cooperation with the Russian Federation. Now, it seems that the situation has changed dramatically, and the possibility of revenge is very questionable. First of all, because of the position of society, and not those people who are in power. Of course, this creates new opportunities for cooperation with Ukraine for the United States. Moreover, Ukraine could, under certain conditions, turn from a mere partner to an ally. Like, for example, Israel or Poland.

I am convinced that we should have a closer look at how the Polish side achieved its goal. I mean, as it was proposed and agreed to create in Poland an object of the national missile defense system of the USA, and the protection of this object by the same systems Patriot. If a similar object was built on the territory of Ukraine and as a United States base protected by the same Patriot, it would be very beneficial for Ukraine. Then we could count on additional purchases of such anti-aircraft missile systems.

However, for our part, we need the United States not only the willingness to sell anti-aircraft defense systems. But political support in certain projects. For example, expansion of Ukraine's capabilities in the control of missile technologies. Today, under this regime, Ukraine has the right to create missiles with a range of up to five hundred kilometers. And, in principle, our defensive complex is ready to create a missile with a range of one and a half thousand kilometers. Why can not we use our technological capabilities, especially since we do not need a partner for this?

That is, we need to increase the potential in different ways. Make diversification of supplies, both components, and weapons themselves. Then for us, the project for obtaining American air defense systems will be one of several projects. And, essentially, national projects still have to exist. Thank God, we have already decided - the authorities assumed that this should be missile technology. This year began work on the creation of a medium-range anti-aircraft missile complex.

So, I want to emphasize, negotiations are good. But the main work is ahead. And, mainly, it is the work of Ukrainian diplomats and representatives of special services. The main thing is that in the middle of Ukraine there should be a succession of ideas that have dominated us since the beginning of the war until today. I mean Western values, Euro-Atlantic integration and the impossibility of returning to the "embrace of Russia."

Not only the United States, but other Western partners will pay attention to these things. I note that we do not have to rely on military and military-technical alliances with European countries. Russia, its military-technical cooperation, in principle, there all positions closed. Neither Germany nor France will work with us at this level. With Great Britain any projects are possible, but they should be developed. So, overseas partners, first of all, the United States and, secondly, Canada for us - are realistic and serious potential opportunities. And it is necessary to work in this direction.

Source: UNIAN