Ukraine FM: We will formally ask Israel for air defense assistance

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is seen following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on April 7, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP)
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is seen following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on April 7, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tells a news conference that his country will formally ask Israel for air defense assistance following a wave of attacks by Iranian-made drones.

Reuters quotes Kuleba as saying that he has also submitted a proposal to President Volodymyr Zelensky, asking that Kyiv to cut diplomatic ties with Tehran for supplying weapons to Russia.

Zelensky says he has repeatedly asked Israel to provide air defense systems, listing the Jewish state as one of five countries possessing the technology to help the Ukrainians against aerial attack during a September CNN interview.

But Jerusalem has resisted providing Kyiv with significant defensive or offensive weaponry, as it tries to protect its sensitive relationship with Moscow.

 

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