Germany to mull sending Patriots to Ukraine, MoD says

Germany originally offered the Patriots to Poland after a stray missile killed two Poles near the Ukrainian border on November 15. Poland's government, however, proposed that the missiles be stationed in Ukraine. Martin Divisek/PAP/EPA

The German defence minister has agreed to present Poland's idea to deploy German Patriot missiles in Ukraine to the German government, Poland's defence minister reported on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

Mariusz Błaszczak wrote after talks with German counterpart Christine Lambrecht that he counted on the German side's support in the matter.

"At today's talks I once more tried to convince the German defence minister, Christine Lambrecht, to the concept of deploying Patriot batteries in Ukraine. Minister Lambrecht declared to present the idea to the German government, and I hope it finds support," Błaszczak tweeted.

Germany originally offered the Patriots to Poland after a stray missile killed two Poles near the Ukrainian border on November 15. Poland's government, however, proposed that the missiles be stationed in Ukraine.

Germany has declined to send the Patriots in Ukraine citing restrictions on deploying Nato weaponry in non-Nato states.