An agreement has been reached between Italy and France to send the Italian-French Samp-T anti-aircraft defense system to Kiev. The delivery to Ukraine, according to a statement from the Defense after a telephone conversation held in the afternoon between Minister Guido Crosetto and the French Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, it will take place “in the spring of 2023”. During the talks, the technical details for sending the missile system were defined which “will allow Ukraine to defend itself against attacks by Russian drones, missiles and aircraft”. (WAR IN UKRAINE. THE SPECIAL – LIVE UPDATES)
France and Italy: “Determined to support Ukraine”
The phone call follows the French minister’s visit to Rome and was used to define the last technical details. The supply of the system, underlines the Defense, responds to the emergency expressed by Kiev Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov in Crosetto and Lecornu to protect civilian populations and infrastructures from Russian air attacks. Ukraine has also acquired a radar system from France to enhance the effectiveness of the Samp-t system that Rome and Paris will jointly supply. During the phone call, the two ministers then reaffirmed their “determination to continue supporting Ukraine in favor of defending its sovereignty and its territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression”.