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MADRID: Spain said Wednesday it was ready to send some of its German-made Leopard tanks to bolster Ukraine’s fight against Russia after Berlin granted approval for their European transfers.

“Spain is ready… to deal with our allies in any way necessary, whether that means sending Leopards, training in the use of Leopards or help in their maintenance and upkeep,” Defence Minister Margarita Robles said.

She did not say how many tanks could be sent, nor when they could be delivered.

Germany promises swift answer on battle tanks for Ukraine

Her remarks came shortly after Berlin said it would send some of its own Leopards to Kyiv and cleared other European nations to send their own stocks to Ukraine.

Russia denounced Berlin’s decision to approve deliveries of Leopard tanks to Ukraine as “extremely dangerous”, warning it would take the conflict “to a new level of confrontation”.

Germany’s announcement comes after weeks of pressure from Ukraine and many of the countries supporting it.

Kyiv had been seeking the tanks, which it sees as crucial for punching through enemy lines in the nearly year-long war, for months.

A recent analysis by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) concluded that if Kyiv was to receive about 100 such tanks, the effect could be “significant”.

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SAMIR SARDANA Jan 26, 2023 03:07am
WHICH LEOPARDS? LEOPARD 1 ARE OLD STOCKS -BUT READY TO MOVE IN ! LEOPARD 2 WILL TAKE TIME TO MAKE , AND MOVE TO UKR (BESIDES TRAINING ETC.) SPAIN HAS LEOPARD 1 TANKS ! ALL THIS TALK BY SPAIN AND POLAND, IS TO BUILD PRESSURE ON THE GERMANS,WHO HAVE NOW AGREED , ONLY AFTER" THE M1 ABRAM ! THE BIGGEST FEAR OF THE GERMANS,,IS NOT THE RUSSIAN RESPONSE - BUT THE FACT THAT, THE OLD LEOPARD 1, WILL BE BLOWN UP, ,OR THAT FOR LEOPARD 2 - THE UKRANIANS WILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO BE TRAINED,AND MASTER THE TECHNOLOGY,AND BATTLE TECHNIQUES AND THAT IS Y,THEY ARE SUPPLYING LEOPARD 2 TANKS - AS IT WILL BE MANY MONTHS - WHEN THESE TANKS WILL SEE ACTION IN UKRAINE ! UNTIL THEN, THE WILY GERMANS, WILL SEE THE PERFORMANCE,OF THE M1 ABRAM WHAT IS THE BATTLE PLAN ? BY THE TIME 60 OF THESE TANKS REACH UKR - IT WILL BE MANY MONTHS - WHICH MEANS THAT NATO IS LOOKING TO DRAG THE WAR TILL 2024 - AT THE MINIMUM ! SAMIR SARDANA
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