Pentagon backs US allies' decision to provide Ukraine with Western tanks
The United States has said it supports any defense assistance for Ukraine. In particular, this applies to tanks.
During a January 12 briefing, Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said the US fully supports any defense assistance that international allies and partners can provide to Ukraine. Channel 24 writes about this.
The United States supports the supply of tanks to Ukraine
Pat Ryder said that before the delivery of tanks to Ukraine, there is a question of the ability to service these tanks and train the Ukrainian military on them. However, he emphasized that the Pentagon supports the provision of any assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, thanks to which our defenders will be able to gain an advantage at the front.
We fully support any defense assistance that our international allies and partners can provide to Ukraine. In particular, this applies to tanks. But again, the question arises about the possibility of training on these tanks, maintaining and storing them. This will be part of the discussions both on the part of the United States and our partners. But we certainly support any assistance that will help Ukraine gain an advantage on the battlefield,” said Pat Ryder.
Transfer of tanks to Ukraine: latest news
- The Czech Republic is preparing to transfer to Ukraine a new batch of tanks, including the T-72. One of them was signed by the country's Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
- During a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky on January 11, Andrzej Duda said that Poland would transfer a Leopard 2 company to Ukraine. Politico notes that the big hurdle for these transfers is that Berlin must give a “green light” to the re-export of German-made weapons.
- Finland also suggests that it can provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks, but in coordination with other countries. However, they clarified that the number of transferred armored vehicles cannot be large, since Finland borders on Russia and is not yet a NATO member state.
- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg does not exclude the possibility of deliveries of heavy tanks to Ukraine. He stressed that the allies should increase military assistance to the Ukrainians.