Germany and Greece discuss supplying weapons to Ukraine

10 January, 12:10 PM
Earlier, there was information that Greece is ready to cede the Marder BMP (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ratz)

Earlier, there was information that Greece is ready to cede the Marder BMP (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ratz)

The governments of Greece and Germany have discussed the further supply of weapons to Ukraine, the Ukrainian newspaper European Pravda reported on Jan. 9.

According to Greek Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, during a phone call with his German counterpart, Christine Lambrecht, "the realization of the agreement on transferring BMP-1 armored personnel carriers (APCs) to Ukraine with a swap of German Marder fighting vehicles" was discussed.

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In September 2022, Greece officially announced it would supply Ukraine with the BMP-1 APCs in exchange for German Marder infantry fighting vehicles.

A source in the Greek military told German newspaper Bill that Greece is ready to delay receipt of the promised Marders, if Germany sends them to Ukraine first.

On Jan. 6, ruling German SPD party spokesperson for the foreign affairs in the German parliament, Nils Schmid, said Germany plans to supply Kyiv with 40 Marder IFVs.

According to UK newspaper The Guardian, Berlin plans to do this as early as the first quarter of 2023.

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