Finland announced new military aid to Ukraine worth more than 400 million euros on January 20. However, there are no Leopard 2 heavy tanks.
The Finnish Ministry of Defense said that Leopard could be sent if there is an agreement with the allies. There are 200 such tanks in service with the country.
When the Leopard 2 can be announced
According to special adviser to the Minister of Defense of Finland, Moika Pinnonen, the decision on the donation of Leopard 2 tanks will be made separately. This may come after discussions with the Allies at Ramstein Air Base on January 20 in Germany.
I can tell you that this package does not include Leopard tanks. It consists of heavy weapons and ammunition, Pinnonen said.
Ukraine Assistance Agreement
Finland is talking about the transfer of tanks, as Sweden has agreed to help quickly replace the transferred equipment in case of a crisis. The Ministers of Defense of Finland and Sweden must sign a statement of support for Ukraine at the Ramstein meeting.
According to this agreement, Finland supplies Ukraine with military equipment, and Sweden is ready to support Finland if there is a threat.< /p>
Why Ukraine needs Leopard tanks/Channel 24 Infographics
Ukraine expects to receive Leopard tanks: latest news
- On January 19, the German Bundestag voted for the transfer of Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. However, the vote failed.
- Previously, the chancellor In Germany, Olaf Scholz said he would give Leopard tanks to Ukraine if the US provided Abrams tanks.
- Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anushauskas said that at the Ramstein meeting, some countries would say about sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
- The transfer of heavy tanks was first announced in Poland. However, a German permit is required to re-export the Leopard. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the country is ready to transfer a company of tanks even without the consent of Berlin.