CBS TV published on Monday a correction to its Sunday interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. She denied the information that Ukraine received NASAMS air defense systems from the USA. “Our translation of the interview with President Zelensky suggests that NASAMS have been delivered. They have not been delivered. We apologize for the misinterpretation,” it was written.
In the original recording of the Sunday interview, Zelensky’s statement was translated as follows: “We absolutely need United States showed leadership and gave Ukraine air defense systems. I want to thank President Biden for the positive decision he has already made and to Congress: we have received NASAMS. ”
CBS made a statement on Monday. “Our translation of the interview with President Zelensky suggests that the NASAMS have been delivered. They have not been delivered. We apologize for the misinterpretation. According to the DoD (Pentagon), the date of the first NASAMS delivery is still about two months away, “the television wrote on Twitter.
Last week, Pentagon spokesman General Patrick Ryder said delivery of the first two of the six systems – announced at the end of June – will take place in about two months. The next four have yet to be produced and their delivery takes at least a year.
What is NASAMS
NASAMS (National Advanced Earth-Air Missile System) is an American-Norwegian medium-range system capable of defending cities against, inter alia, cruise missiles. In addition to the US, the delivery of similar systems – IRIS-T SLM – has been promised Germany.
As Zelenskiy said, the weapons supplied are not enough to cover Ukrainian civilian infrastructure. He also argued that providing more systems would pay off for the United States, as it would allow some Ukrainians to return to the country and reduce their financial dependence on the US.
Volodymyr Zelensky on US aid
“If it’s safe, they’ll come, settle, work and pay taxes here. Then we won’t have a $ 5 billion deficit in our budget, so that will be positive for everyone. Because today the United States gives us $ 1.5 billion every month to support our budget, Zelenskiy said.
When asked what weapons Ukraine needs the most – apart from air defense – he mentioned HIMARS systems, artillery and tanks. – I think that if we get tanks from the USA, Germany and other European countries will also help us in the de-occupation of Ukrainian cities with the help of tanks – he stressed.
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