"Today, we are trying to move to a new level of the armed forces development: we want to stop repairing old weapons and equipment and start producing the new ones... I am personally very optimistic about this year’s state defense order, because it makes a provision for the delivery of at least 20 new items of armament that have not been previously deployed by the Ukraine military. This indicates that we are confidently moving forward," said Poltorak.
Being asked about the resolution on increased military aid for Ukraine submitted to the U.S. Senate, Poltorak emphasized that cooperation with the American partners has increased.
"We collaborate closely with our U.S. partners. Financial support remains strong. We have also requested for the equipment and weapons we needed in the first place," the minister added.
He also mentioned, that during his visits to Israel and Turkey he started negotiations considering the supply of new weapons and equipment from those countries.