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Kyiv is negotiating with Western arms manufacturers to build factories in Ukraine


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Ukraine is negotiating with Western arms companies to set up factories in the country. Informs Mind.


Source. This was reported by Deputy Minister for Strategic Industries Serhiy Boyev to Reuters at the Paris Air Show.


He clarified that these are manufacturers from Germany, Italy, France and Eastern Europe.


"We are confident that we will sign contractual agreements in the next few months," Boyev said.


According to him, by attracting foreign arms companies to Ukraine, Kyiv will be able to meet its own needs more effectively, as well as develop its defense industry to focus on global customers. In addition, it will create jobs for Ukrainians.


"The future deterrence of aggression will require a strong defense industry in Ukraine and strong armed forces. That is why we believe that the arrival of international partners, the creation of production facilities and the country's inclusion in the security system of the free world are very important," emphasized Boyev.


During the Paris Air Show, the Deputy Minister also established contacts with drone manufacturers.


"We discussed different levels of cooperation. And some companies say they are ready to come, invest and produce drones," Boyev said.


Late last year, Turkey's Baykar announced that it plans to complete the construction of a plant in Ukraine in two years. The agreement was reached before russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country was working with British defense company BAE Systems to create a Ukrainian base for the production and repair of weapons ranging from tanks to artillery. However, the agreement has not yet been signed.


Last month, the German company Rheinmetall set up a joint venture with Ukraine's state-owned conglomerate Ukroboronprom to produce and repair tanks in the country.

"The vehicles are damaged, they need to be repaired, they come under fire. We want to help Ukraine so that they can maintain their tanks and produce spare parts themselves," said Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger.


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