Germany is surprised by Poland’s response to Berlin’s proposal to transfer Patriot air defense systems to Poland, in which Warsaw offered to send these air defense batteries to the Ukrainian army. This was stated by the German Ambassador to Poland Thomas Bagger to Rzeczpospolitą, adding that this offer came as a surprise to Berlin.
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According to him, the Polish government knows the difference between the territory of NATO and the territory of countries that are not members of the Alliance.
If Germany agreed to the offer from Warsaw, the air defense system would have to be staffed by German military personnel, the diplomat noted, and this contradicts the policy of Berlin and NATO in general on non-participation (direct) in this war.
“These air defense systems are part of NATO’s defense capability, it is simply unrealistic to use them outside of this territory,” Bagger said.
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He admitted that Germany was taken by surprise by the offer from Warsaw.
When Bagger was asked if the US general (NATO’s commander in chief in Europe), who oversees the deployment of air defense systems, knew in advance about the Polish decision, the diplomat replied: “These are conversations that were held at a different level than mine. The German embassy in Warsaw did not participate.”
To a clarifying question, whether the topic of handing over Patriots to the Defense Forces of Ukraine is now closed, the German ambassador said that Berlin is now “evaluating Poland’s response”.
“I don’t want to speculate whether we will continue to talk about it. <...> One way or another, Germany has already supplied Ukraine with a very modern IRIS-T SLM air defense system. Ukrainians appreciate it very much,” he added.
CERTIFICATE. The Patriot air defense system is an American air defense/air defense system. Poland chose it as the basis for a mid-range shield in the spring of 2015. By the end of 2022, two batteries (16 launchers) should be delivered to the Polish army. Two US Army batteries are currently stationed in Poland. The Bundeswehr had 36 Patriot batteries during the Cold War, now 12 (two of them in Slovakia).
The publication notes that its interlocutors among experts believe that training the Ukrainian military to use this technique will take several months (Polish ones study it at the US base on a nine-month course).
Also, in any case, consent to send SAMs to Ukraine must be given in Washington.
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