United States approves $285 million sale of NASAMS air defense system, equipment to Ukraine

May 25, 2023


The United States approved a $285 million sale of a NASAMS air defence system and accompanying equipment to Ukraine on Wednesday, as Kyiv looks to strengthen its defences against Russian strikes.

The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency issued a statement saying that Ukraine urgently needs to improve its ability to fight against missile and aircraft attacks from Russia. “Acquiring and effectively deploying this capability will enhance Ukraine’s ability to defend its people and protect critical national infrastructure.”

The agency also stated that the sale will help the US achieve its foreign policy and national security goals by “improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.”

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