Latvia-led drone coalition ready to start deliveries to Ukraine

There are already 14 countries in the 'drone coalition' founded by Latvia, and after a decision made by the government April 16 Latvia will send the first significant cargo of drones to Ukraine, Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) told the media after a cabinet meeting Tuesday.

Siliņa said the first batch of drones requested by Ukraine is ready, according to LSM's Latvian language service, without quoting her directly.

She emphasized that this is a way to help Ukraine and also develop our own capabilities, LSM reported.

Minister of Defense Andris Sprūds (Progressives) stated that the "first package" heading to Ukraine has been put together.

He admitted that "publicity is limited" regarding details of the drones and their delivery – the relevant part of the cabinet discussion was held behind closed doors – but said that in the delivery of drones "we are guided by the needs that Ukraine indicated". Officials did not disclose the number and models of the drones.  

The shipment includes high-quality, tested drones that will strengthen Ukraine's combat capabilities at the moment, the minister said, while Prime Minister Siliņa said that the ultimate goal of the drone coalition was to send one million drones to Ukraine.  

As previously reported, on February 14, Latvia, Ukraine, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden signed a letter of intent to join the drone coalition. A day later on February 15, the United Kingdom also climbed aboard and said it was co-leader of the coalition. In May Canada also said it was joining.

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