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US buys advanced weapons for Ukraine, Russia should be wary

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Norwegian-developed NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system. Photo/kongsberg

WASHINGTON – The United States plans to announce as soon as this week that it has purchased an “advanced medium-to-long-range surface-to-air missile defense system” for Ukraine.

A number of news agencies reported on this on Sunday and Monday (27/6/2022), citing people familiar with the information.

The Associated Press (AP) quoted one source as saying the weapon in question was the Norwegian-developed NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked for NASAMS to be sent to his country when he spoke in the Norwegian parliament in late March.

It said Washington would also supply Kiev with additional artillery munitions and counter-battery radar.

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The news comes as the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), consisting of the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, met in Germany to coordinate further aid to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.

The US and other NATO countries have increasingly provided Ukraine with heavy weapons, including various missile systems, drones and armored vehicles, after Russia launched its military operation in the country in late February.

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