According to a Pentagon official, the Biden administration is working to fulfil Slovakia’s offer to send an S-300 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine to protect it from Russian airstrikes.
During a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Celeste Wallander stated that the US is considering options or taking Slovakia’s desire to implement the agreement into consideration. BulgarianMilitary.com obtained this information from the American online publication Defense News.
As you may recall, two weeks ago, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nagy made an impromptu proposal to send S-300 SAMs to Ukraine in exchange for Western allies providing his country with a “proper replacement” to maintain its air defence capabilities.
Among other things, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that the delivery of US Patriot complexes to Slovakia, which borders Ukraine, is not ruled out. Concerning the fate of potential S-300s for Ukraine, Celeste Wallander stated that coordination talks were underway with some countries and that a more detailed response would be provided during a secret session.
“We are working to ensure that countries with Soviet air defence systems, including S-300 systems, and spare parts, missiles, and other parts of this S-300 can hand them over to Ukraine.”
The US Congress has enough support to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. The Biden administration, on the other hand, is opposed to such a decision. Simultaneously, in response to congressional pressure, steps have been taken to explore options for supplying Ukraine with air defence systems and other weapons.
The House of Commons committee hearings also focused on the prospects for the delivery of US anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, the implementation of Poland’s proposal to send MiG-29s to Ukrainians, and measures to stimulate Ukrainian production of Javelin and Stinger anti-tank systems. personal reserves