Germany has blocked Spain’s plan to send dozens of used Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, derailing the plan to offer Leopard Tanks to Ukraine crumbling under German political pressure.
The El Pais newspaper reported earlier this month that the Spanish government had considered sending up to 40 Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine. The old German-made tanks were taken from the Soviet Union front in the 1990’s.
German government sources told Business Insider on Saturday that, under pressure from Berlin, Madrid had to reduce its offer and is now considering sending about ten tanks at most, which need to be repaired.
Even this number is under question and no application has been submitted to the federal government for the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
In April, Madrid sent 200 tonnes of munition, military hardware and transport vehicles to Ukraine. At that time, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said that his country was not considering a transfer of heavy weapons to Ukraine.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.