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Slovakia sets terms for sending S-300s to Ukraine

SpaceWar.com reports: “Slovakia said Thursday it was willing to provide its Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine but only on the condition that it receive a substitute to avoid a NATO security gap.

‘We’ve been in discussion with the United States, with Ukraine and also with other allies on the possibility to deploy or to send altogether our S-300 systems to the Ukrainians,’ Slovak Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad told reporters.

‘We’re willing to do so immediately when we have a proper replacement,’ he added alongside US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Bratislava.

Nad said that handing over ‘the only strategic air defence system that we have in Slovakia’ would ‘create a security gap in NATO’.

‘But yes, should there be a situation that we have a proper replacement or that we have a capability guaranteed for a certain period of time, then we would be willing to discuss the future of the S-300 systems,’ he added…”

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