Ukrainian diplomats insist on the need to close the skies and are working on various scenarios for strengthening Ukraine’s air defence capabilities, including the supply of aircraft and integrated air defence systems to the Ukrainian army.
“We make it clear to our NATO partners: you can think as much as you want about how to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia, but if you do not help us stop Russia in the air now, a direct confrontation will be inevitable. It is critical to act now,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba stressed.
Kuleba said that Ukrainian diplomats were currently working on various scenarios for strengthening Ukraine’s air defence capabilities, including the supply of combat aircraft and integrated air defence systems to the Ukrainian army.
He stressed that options include closing the entire or part of Ukrainian skies for Russia by supplying aircraft and air defence systems to the Ukrainian armed forces.
The foreign minister stressed that the West’s hesitation in closing the skies over Ukraine gives Russia an opportunity to continue to attack the Ukrainian people from the air.
“We have an extremely tough stance. We are not in the phase where we need to be diplomatic. We need to call a spade a spade, because there is a war going on and every life matters,” Kuleba summed up.