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The West will eventually give Ukraine tanks, but more needs to be done

18 January, 2023 Wednesday
19:34

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis said that Western main battle tanks will be delivered to Ukraine, but the West still needs to do more

He said this during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"I'm confident because that's what I'm hearing here, talking to other leaders. The momentum is there," Landsbergis said.

He emphasized that the main battle tanks of the West will be delivered to Ukraine. At the same time, the West equally needs to do more for Ukraine to win the war against Russia. In addition, after Britain announced that it would send Challenger tanks to Ukraine, there were fewer arguments for others.

Ukraine's Western allies will gather on January 20 at the US Ramstein air base in Germany to promise more weapons for Ukraine.

Particular attention is paid to Germany, which has veto power over any decision to send its Leopard tanks, which are in service with armies across Europe.

Berlin said that decision on tanks will be the first item on agenda of new Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius.

  • On January 11, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with leaders of Poland and Lithuania Andrzej Duda and Gitanas Nausėda in Lviv.  Duda said that the company of Leopard tanks will be transferred to Ukraine as part of the creation of an international coalition.

  • On January 13, the German government said that it had not received official requests from other countries regarding supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.

  • On January 14, Prime Minister of Great Britain Rishi Sunak confirmed during a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy that his country will provide Ukraine with Challenger 2 tanks. In the new package of military aid, Great Britain, in addition to 14 Challenger 2 tanks, will provide Ukraine with 30 self-propelled artillery AS90 gun installations.

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