Jan 25, 2023 18:01 GMT
In Europe they promised the supply of German Leopard tanks, while the UK and US talk about the delivery of Challenger 2 and Abrams M1 tanks, respectively.
After long discussions about the possibility of sending tanks to Ukraine, several countries have announced in recent days their decision to do so. EU nations have promised supplies of German Leopard tanks, while the UK and US talk about delivery of Challenger 2 and M1 Abrams tanks, respectively.
Poland was among the first countries to announce the supply of a Leopard tank company to kyiv. After that, from Germany they specified that the delivery of these battle tanks would be “illegal” without their approval and this week Warsaw officially asked Berlin for permission to carry it out. according to a font from Reuters in the German defense field, Poland requested permission to deliver 14 Leopard 2 A4.
In addition, Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that he hopes that NATO countries will pool their forces to form a brigade of Leopard tanks and supply them to the Ukrainian forces.
Last week, the United Kingdom announced the “largest” military aid package to date, which includes a total of 14 Challenger 2 tanks.
The possibility of supplying tanks by Germany was actively reported in recent days and this Wednesday Berlin declared that it would deliver 14 Leopard 2A6 to kyiv. For his part, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, he pointed that the first tanks could be delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in about three months.
Meanwhile, the German manufacturer of military equipment rheinmetall indicated that it could supply kyiv 139 Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 main battle tanks in case of need, but not immediately.
The Defense Minister of SpainDaisy Robles, said this same day to the EFE agency that Madrid is willing to “discuss with our allies everything that is necessary and that refers to the sending of Leopards, to the training for the use of those Leopards, also to help in support and maintenance”.
The Defense Minister of Finland declared this Wednesday that his country would participate in the supply of Leopard tanks, but that his contribution “cannot be very large, taking into account our own defense capabilities.” It is reported that the country will supply approximately 5 battle cars.
Portugal prepares to send 4 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, reported the newspaper Correio da Manhã, citing their sources. According to the publication, the country has 37 of these battle tanks, 12 of which are fully operational.
In turn, the Prime Minister of the NetherlandsMark Rutte, he pointed that the nation rents 18 Leopard 2 tanks to Germany and indicated that it is considering buying them and then supplying them to Ukraine.
is reported that Norway can supply Ukraine up to 8 Leopard tanks. According to the information released, the Scandinavian State has a total of 36 battle tanks of this type.
Meanwhile, the Defense Minister of Belgium, Ludivine Dedonder, pointed out that the nation had no tanks that it could deliver to Ukraine. According to her statements, the country sold its battle tanks more than 10 years ago.
As to USAthe Joe Biden Administration confirmed this Wednesday that it will send 31 Abrams M1 tanks.
- Moscow has repeatedly expressed its rejection of Western war supplies, indicating that they only serve to prolong the conflict.
- Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov stated a week ago that Ukraine is being used by the West “like a tool to achieve their anti-Russian goals.” “Furthermore, we highly doubt that they [países europeos]somehow worry about the fate of those people who live in Ukraine and about their future,” he added.