Czech President Petr Pavel has said that Western partners have failed to fulfill their promise to provide weapons for Ukraine's offensive. He said this in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
According to him, Western supplies of military equipment are not enough to allow Ukraine to continue a high-intensity operation.
"We have not fulfilled our promises to provide Ukrainians with artillery ammunition, and preparations for the F-16 are not going as fast as we would like," Pavel said.
He noted that after receiving Storm Shadow and SCALP missiles from the UK and France, Ukraine expected to receive German TAURUS missiles, but Berlin refused to supply them.
"To be honest, I think not everyone believed that Ukraine would be able to withstand the pressure: the willingness of some countries to provide better equipment has increased over time, seeing the determination and courage of Ukrainians. We know from our experience that the only language Russia understands is the language of force. It will also be necessary, obviously, to reach a stage where it will be possible to discuss with Moscow, but this should take place within the framework of international rules and laws, and not on the terms imposed by Putin," the Czech leader said.