"At the request of Ukraine and in conjunction with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, we will make available to Ukraine our fleet of Kamov helicopters which, due to the current scenario, and the sanctions imposed on Russia, we are no longer able to operate, in fact they do not have their airworthiness certificates and we won't be able to repair them", announced Helena Carreiras.
Speaking to the Portuguese press in Brussels, at the end of the meeting of defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in which the war in Ukraine was discussed, the minister pointed out that "six helicopters need repairs, one of them is inoperative because it crashed".
Helena Carreiras stressed that these six Kamov helicopters, which will be "transferred as they are", will be "very useful to Ukraine".
The idea is for the transfer of aircraft to take place "as quickly as possible", said Helena Carreiras.
At this meeting, the Allies also agreed to maintain military support for Ukraine.
"The countries have demonstrated, in an absolutely clear way, their intention to continue to support Ukraine and, therefore, there is a great harmony of positions between the Allies", observed the Portuguese minister responsible.
In the case of Portugal, the country has already mobilised individual equipment, weapons, ammunition, armoured vehicles, a communications system and drones, health and medical equipment for Ukraine, and has also expressed its willingness to welcome refugees and wounded fighters, as well as to train Ukrainian soldiers.
My god, we still have to cope another few months with another embarrassing moments again from the same kamov helicopters who were bought , and hanged alone in air fields while it didnt have pieces and were left abandoned while pedrogão fires were bursting, while portugal was paying another countries millions for that help with their kamovs.
By Helder Filipe from Porto on 14 Oct 2022, 10:01
What numpty bought them , if you can,t fix them ? sack them , goverment ministers ,ten a penny these days, we got loads we would love to give some body
By philip williams from UK on 20 Oct 2022, 18:40