The German Ministry of Defense has so far dismissed the possibility of sending additional Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
MOSCOW, April 1 – RIA Novosti. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius expelled is currently shipping an additional Leopard tank to Ukraine in addition to the previously announced number.
“At the moment, I do not see the delivery of additional Leopard tanks beyond what has been announced (probability – ed.)”, the minister told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
Pistorius noted that Germany, like other countries, has a “limited supply of weapons” and as defense minister “cannot give it all”.
“We are now supplying two battalions of Leopard 2 tanks with the Poles and other allies, that’s just over 60 battle tanks. Four more battalions of Leopard 1 tanks will be added by next year. That’s more than 100 tanks. Our American and British allies also transfer tanks. “Battle tanks are unfortunately not held by NATO countries, they are just waiting for shipment. Ukraine,” said the head of the German Defense Ministry.
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The German Ministry of Defense had previously confirmed that 18 Leopard 2 type A6 tanks, previously promised by the country’s government, arrived in Ukraine on Monday.
Russia had previously sent a note to NATO countries for arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that pumping weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative effect. Lavrov noted that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only the supply of weapons, but also the training of personnel … on the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy and other countries.”
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