FILE PHOTO: Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak attends a meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in kyiv, Ukraine, July 12, 2022. REUTERS/Service Press of the Presidency of Ukraine
FILE PHOTO: Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak attends a meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in kyiv, Ukraine, July 12, 2022. REUTERS/Service Press of the Presidency of Ukraine

WARSAW, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Poland will propose deploying more Patriot missile launchers near its border with Ukraine, following an offer from Germany, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Twitter on Monday.

“During today’s conversation with the German side, I will propose that the system be parked on the Ukrainian border,” he wrote on Twitter.

Germany has offered Warsaw the Patriot missile defense system to help protect its airspace after a stray missile crashed in Poland last week, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told a newspaper on Sunday.

The German government had already said it would offer its neighboring country more assistance in air surveillance with German Eurofighters after the incident, initially raising fears that the war in Ukraine could spill over to the other side of the border.

The missile that hit Poland last week and killed two people appears to have been fired by Ukraine’s air defenses and not by the Russian military, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has said.

Ground-based air defense systems, like Raytheon’s Patriot, are designed to intercept incoming missiles.

(Reporting by Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing in Spanish by Flora Gómez)

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