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Britain to donate air defence missiles to Ukraine

British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain’s fresh donations of air defence missiles would complement the air defence systems pledged by the United States, as he arrived for a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Earlier, Britain said it would donate the missiles capable of shooting down cruise missiles to Ukraine in the wake of Russian strikes on Kyiv and other cities in recent days.

Britain says the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM, which will be provided in the coming weeks, can be used with the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS air defence systems pledged by the United States.

Mr Wallace refused to comment on fears that Russia could use nuclear weapons, but said NATO was “here to make sure our readiness is for whatever is thrown at us.”

Mr Wallace added that western supply chains are capable of supplying Ukraine with arms in the immediate future, while expressing doubt on Russia’s own supply chains.


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