Greece to send Ukraine more artillery shells

7 April, 12:11 AM
Oleksii Reznikov in Greece (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Oleksii Reznikov in Greece (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

After Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov visited Athens, the Greek government announced plans to transfer artillery shells and small arms ammo to Ukraine, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported on April 6.

During a joint press conference with Reznikov, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said that Athens "will provide every support to Ukraine at this very important, crucial stage of the war."

“We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes — that’s a very clear position that we have taken from the outset (of the war),” said Panagiotopoulos.

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When addressing the Greek parliament ahead of Reznikov's visit, Panagiotopoulos said Greece would not provide any military assistance that would jeopardize its own security and stressed that army procurement plans remain unchanged despite the recent easing of tensions with Turkey.

According to him, Greece could potentially provide Ukraine with German-made Leopard main battle tanks.

“The rumors are running rampant: that we will send fighter jets, and S-300s, and this and that,” Panagiotopoulos said.

“For goodness’ sake. We give what we can give, but nothing that would weaken in the slightest our own defense capabilities given our own national security challenges.”

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