Netherlands considers sending 18 Leopard tanks to Ukraine – news / The New Voice of Ukraine

Mark Rutte (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Mark Rutte (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)

The Netherlands is considering the transfer
of 18 Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, which are currently on lease from Germany, Dutch
PM Mark Rutte said in a comment to German newspaper Frankfurte Allgemeine
Zeitung on Jan. 24.

“We leased them, which means we can buy them, which means we can give them away,” said Rutte.

The PM said his country is ready to consider this decision in coalition with other countries, such as Finland and Portugal. Rutte added that there is no decision yet, but noted that this is an important signal.

Citing an unnamed Ukrainian official, ABC news previously reported that representatives of 12 countries agreed to supply Ukraine with around 100 German-made Leopard-2 tanks, pending Germany’s approval.

Earlier on Jan. 24, The Wall Street Journal reported Washington is leaning towards supplying Ukraine with a “significant” quantity of Abrams M1 main battle tanks, with the corresponding announcement expected within days.

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