The US is reportedly trying to provide S-300 air defense systems to Kiev after an arrangement with Polish planes has stalled
FILE PHOTO: Russian S-300 air defense system are seen in Murmansk region, Russia, on April 8, 2021. © Sputnik / Pavel Lvov
The US State Department has been seeking American allies who have Soviet S-300 air defense systems as it explores various options of supplying Ukraine with heavier arms, CNN reported on Tuesday. Last week, a plan to deliver MiG-29 fighter jets from Poland to Ukraine stalled after Washington refused to act as an intermediary in the process.
The White House has been increasingly pressured by Congress, which demands Washington supply Kiev with heavier weapons amid the ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine, CNN reported, citing some unnamed sources.
“The State Department has been working to identify which countries currently have the Soviet-made S-300 air defense systems and is examining how they could be transferred to Ukraine,” the media outlet reported.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on western nations to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine or provide Ukraine with military aircraft and air defense systems as the conflict unfolds.