The transfer of modern Western tanks to Ukraine may be part of the “next phase” of security assistance to Kyiv, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said during a joint briefing with his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, on Jan. 5.
“If Russian dictator Vladimir Putin hopes Ukraine will soon run out of weapons, he is mistaken,” The Guardian quotes Cleverly.
He added that main battle tanks may be part of the next phase of arms transfers, and the issue is “under constant review.”
Baerbock said Germany is ready to supply Ukraine with the heavy weapons it needs to liberate its territory, and will work with NATO partners on this.
Following talks between Ukrainian and French presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Emmanuel Macron on Jan. 4, France agreed to provide Ukraine with AMX-10RC armored vehicles, which are sometimes classified as wheeled tanks – the first instance of armored vehicles of this type to be transferred to Kyiv.
On Jan. 5, following talks between U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the United States and Germany announced that they would transfer Marder and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine. Berlin will also transfer an additional Patriot air defense battery to Ukraine – on top of the one Washington pledged back in December 2022.