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Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s prime minister, said on Monday that Poland country would consider accepting the Patriot air defence units from Germany if Berlin decides not to transfer them to Ukraine as requested by Warsaw.
Last week, the German government offered to send Poland the US-made air-defence system to help it secure its airspace after a missile crashed near a Polish village close to the Ukrainian border, killing two people.
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Poland, in response, said that the Patriots should be placed in Ukraine instead.
Last Thursday, the German defence minister, Christine Lambrecht, said the defence equipment could not be handed over to Ukraine due to NATO constraints.
During a press conference on Monday, Morawiecki was asked whether Poland would still accept the Patriots in case Germany did not send them to Ukraine.
He added that people were dying also in the western part of Ukraine. “Therefore, let the weapons that are being sent serve as best as possible to defend the Ukrainian skies. In this way, it will also serve to defend the Polish skies,” Morawiecki said.