Transfer of Greek BMP-1s to Ukraine contingent on Germany

7 June, 09:50 AM
Marder armored vehicle (Photo:Bundeswehr)

Marder armored vehicle (Photo:Bundeswehr)

Greece will give Ukraine around 100 BMP-1s – Soviet-era infantry fighting vehicles – once German Marders arrive as their replacement, German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on June 6.

Quoting a Greek government official, DW suggests this condition is due to building tensions between Greece and Turkey. The Greek armed forces are on high alert because of Ankara’s territorial claims on a number of Greek islands, which have recently resurfaced.

Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he discussed supplying Marders in the BMP-1s’ stead with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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