«Ukraine needs more weapons to defend itself from the Russian invasion,” declared the czech prime minister petr fiala, after returning from a visit to kyiv. Along with his peers Poland and SloveniaThey discussed about sanctionsarms and humanitarian aid, as well as possible future diplomatic steps with the President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Ukrainians are fighting with immense bravery, and they are fighting intelligently and strategically, but they only stand a chance against (Russia’s) huge advantage if Western countries supply enough military equipment,” Fiala told reporters.
“That is the task for these days, the Czech Republic is doing it, the countries that participated in this mission are doing it and it is necessary to do it with more force, that more countries do it and that the supplies are fast and if possible massive”, he added.
Fiala flew to Prague from Poland on Wednesday, after the delegation traveled to kyiv by train on Tuesday, in a show of support for Ukraine. Both he and the Polish Mateusz Morawiecki and the slovenian Janez Janssa “received suggestions about possible new sanctions against Russia”, as well as other information that they would transmit to the leaders of the European Unionsaid the Czech premier, reported Reuters.
The Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovenia are members of both the European Union and the NATO. Although they declared their trip to be a European bloc mission, officials in Brussels presented it as something the three leaders undertook on their own.
Fiala acknowledged that NATO was not ready to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, something Ukraine has requested. But he said the Ukrainians could enforce the no-fly zone themselves if they have enough weapons and anti-aircraft missiles.