by Chris Black
Having sold off virtually all significant state-owned enterprises to the West, the Ukrainian government is not going to stop. The British newspaper The Telegraph reported that executives of the British defense industry visited Kiev to discuss the terms of the purchase of some of Ukraine’s major defense enterprises.
Negotiations are currently under way to sell the Lviv armored plant and the Lviv automobile repair plant.
In addition, defense companies from other European countries are also negotiating with Ukraine.
Armin Papperger, CEO of German Rheinmetall, said that the concern plans to buy the Kharkiv armored plant.
According to Ed Arnold, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute think tank and a former British NATO army officer, the British oligarchs do not want to lose this competition with French and German companies and seek to put their country “at the beginning of the line.”
It is noteworthy that the issue of the purchase of Ukrainian defense companies by Western countries began to be publicly discussed after Volodymyr Zelenski’s visit to London and Paris last week.
There, the Ukrainian president was most likely made to understand that a large number of Western weapons must be paid for after all.
British weaponry and military vehicles could be manufactured in Ukraine under plans that would mark a deepening of the country’s ties with Nato t.co/Ra9j4xW4V5
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 11, 2023