Spain ready to give Ukraine 40 Leopard tanks, anti-aircraft systems, El Pais writes

5 June, 05:38 PM
Spain is ready to provide Ukraine with German-made Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, El Pais writes (Photo:Vestman/flickr)

Spain is ready to provide Ukraine with German-made Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, El Pais writes (Photo:Vestman/flickr)

Spain is ready to take out of storage and hand over to Ukraine 40 German-made Leopard 2A4 battle tanks and air defense systems, Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported, citing sources in the government.

The newspaper said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine might receive about 40 tanks that need to be repaired. They have been in storage facilities of the Spanish army's logistics base in Zaragoza for ten years, and are part of a batch of 108 used units that Berlin sold to Madrid in 1995.

Also, according to El Pais, Spain offered Kyiv to conduct military training in Latvia on their use. The Spanish army has deployed there a contingent of 500 soldiers with six Leopard 2E tanks.

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The second stage of instructing Ukrainian tank soldiers will take place in Spain, El Pais reported.

In addition, Madrid is already completing supplies to Kyiv of Shorad Aspide anti-aircraft missile batteries, which the Spanish army has replaced with another, more modern system, the newspaper writes.

A decision to send these may be made after talks at the International Donor Coordination Center in Stuttgart.

The proposal to supply air defense systems and train tank soldiers was made during a visit to Kyiv on April 21 by Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez, but due to the complexity of the operation, negotiations took a long time.

Spain has already supplied Ukraine with ammunition, body armor and light armaments like С-90 grenade launchers and machine guns.

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