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Wary of Russia, Germany in talks to buy Arrow 3 missile defense from Israel

YnetNews.com reports: “Germany is in talks to buy the Arrow 3 missile defense system from Israel as part of Berlin’s efforts to strengthen its armed forces after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on a visit to the German capital on Monday.

Germany has ramped up its military spending after Russia sent troops into Ukraine in February, while shipping aid and heavy weapons to Kyiv as part of an international response.

‘Israel … will play a part in building Germany’s new defense force, mainly in the field of air defense,’ Lapid told reporters, speaking alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

‘… it has to do with our total commitment to the safety of Germany, to the safety of Europe, to the ability of liberal democracies to defend themselves,’ he added.

Lapid described their talks as leading to a ‘future possible deal’ but declined to outline the cost. Scholz said Germany would strengthen its defenses by buying more air defense systems in the future and called the Arrow 3 system a ‘high-performance offer’ but also declined to go into specifics…”

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