President Petro Poroshenko is confident that two American patrol boats will be delivered to Ukraine and assist the Ukrainian Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in strengthening the country’s defense capability.
“Given a series of incorrect fake publications in the media and social networks, I would like to take this opportunity to inform the public of the situation with the American Island-class patrol boats. Those constantly looking for treachery have really obscured the issue. Although, in my opinion, everything is very clear here. The Ministry of Defense is undergoing internal state procedures for the completion and approval of the draft contract that we received from the American side,” the Head of State said.
According to the President, it is preliminary planned that in early May, a group of the U.S. Coast Guard specialists will arrive in Ukraine for the final specification and signing of the contract. “Under the preliminary conditions, it is envisaged that these boats will be transferred for free (to the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – ed.). Although preparation, additional supply of missing parts, transportation will be carried out at the expense of the Ukrainian budget. Preliminary amount will be more than 10 million U.S. dollars,” the Head of State emphasized.
According to him, from the very beginning the decision was made on the expediency of signing the given contract, and a few weeks ago, a group of 36 military seamen was selected who successfully pass the exams and will go to study in Baltimore (USA) shortly.
“Let me refrain from revealing to the enemy the dates, details and features of either the contract, or the boats – their equipment, their combat capabilities. I want to emphasize that I have no doubt that these two boats will be here and contribute to strengthening the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian state,” the President noted.