Ukraine and the United States signed a memorandum for joint weapons production

Ukrainian soldiers carry a US Mk19 automatic grenade launcher during a military exercise in the kyiv region (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich) (GLEB GARANICH/)

Ukraine and USA signed this Thursday a memorandum of understanding for the joint weapons production which provides for the creation of factories in the European country to provide the Army with war equipment to continue defending itself against Russian aggression, as announced by Volodimir Zelensky’s chief of staff.

“A very important success: at the defense industry conference in Washington, Ukraine and the US signed a memorandum on joint production and technical data exchange“Andri Yermak wrote on his Telegram channel from the American capital.

He explained that production facilities should be built in Ukraine to “provide the Armed Forces with the necessary weapons in the areas of air defense, production of critical ammunition, as well as repair and maintenance.”

Yermak added that the Pentagon and its industrial partners will provide Ukraine with technical data for the start of production aimed at improve “obsolete air defense systems by integrating Western munitions.”

“This is the basis for the future of our military industry and strengthening the defense of Ukraine in the coming years,” stressed the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

kyiv believes that the defense industry, based on the experience of the Ukrainian Army in the use of various types of weapons in combat conditions and with the support of American partners, can produce “fundamentally better” weapons.

The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd J. Austin III, with the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov (Photo: Europa Press)
The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd J. Austin III, with the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov (Photo: Europa Press) (Europa Press/Contact/Chad Mcnee/)

Both Yermak and the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Rustem Umerov, met this Thursday with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to whom they thanked the unprecedented assistance of the United States to combat Russian aggression, which has already reached almost 45 billion dollars.

The meeting also discussed the importance of further strengthening Ukraine’s air defense to protect cities, critical infrastructure and grain corridor routes.

All this at a time when The US Senate continues to block urgent aid of USD 61.4 billion that the White House has requested for Ukraine, leaving Washington with no room to provide new assistance packages to kyiv.

“If Congress does not act to approve the president’s (Joe Biden) request for supplemental national security support, this will be one of the last security assistance packages we will be able to provide to Ukraine,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Precisely with Blinken, Yermak, Umerov and the president of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), Ruslan Stefanchuk, also met this Thursday.

They expressed their hope to the head of American diplomacy that Congress “will soon make all the necessary decisions” to approve the multimillion-dollar aid package, in addition to thanking him for the help of 22.9 billion dollars to the Ukrainian budget by the United States. .