Norway was the last country to announce that it will join the group of allied countries that are preparing to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, as a way of supporting resistance to the Russian invasion, the Norwegian Defense Minister announced today. .

“Norway and the Government support the donation of war tanks to Ukraine. Norway will participate”, said Bjorn Arild Gram in an interview with state television NRK, without specifying the number of these heavy tanks to be supplied.

Germany has authorized the sending of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukrainian forces to fight the Russian invasion and has approved requests from other countries to the same effect, according to a spokesman for the Berlin executive.

“This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine in the best possible way. We operate internationally in a highly coordinated manner,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, quoted by his spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit.

In a statement, the German Government stated that it will initially supply Ukraine with 14 of its Leopard 2 A6 tanks.

Berlin’s decision comes before US officials announced that a preliminary deal had been struck to send M1 Abrams tanks to Kiev to help repel Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

The Norwegian Leopard 2s join the 14 already guaranteed by Germany and another 14 confirmed by Poland, one of the main advocates of sending this military vehicle, which has long been requested by the Kiev authorities.

The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, today thanked the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, for the fact that Berlin had given the ‘green light’ to the sending of these armored cars, considering that it is an “important and opportune” decision and the NATO secretary general considered that the decision will help Kiev “win and prevail as an independent nation”.

The United Kingdom, France and Poland also welcomed the decision of Berlin, but with Spain warning of the danger of an escalation of the war against Russia.

Subsequently, Madrid said it was “ready” to send the Leopard 2 tanks and train Ukrainian soldiers in their use, the Spanish defense minister said.

“Spain is ready” to help Ukraine with “sending Leopard tanks”, but also participating in the “training” of Ukrainian soldiers for the “use” and “maintenance” of these heavy vehicles, guaranteed Margarita Robles in a statement released by the Spanish public television, but also without providing data on the number of vehicles.

As for the Russian Presidency (Kremlin), it considered today that the sending of German tanks and American Abrams to Ukraine is an “overestimated plan”, maintaining that “it will fail”.

“It is a plan doomed to failure,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at his daily press conference.

The supply of heavy tanks to Ukraine “is overrated” and will not give Kiev the advantage desired by the West, he stressed.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, also announced the sending of 31 Abrams heavy tanks to Ukraine, in a communication in which he guaranteed that the allies “are fully united” to help Kiev.

The dispatch of armored cars, without a set date, will be accompanied by other measures, such as training Ukrainian troops, with the aim of “improving their ability to maneuver in the open field” and their military capabilities in the long term, according to the chief of US state.

Zelensky, via Twitter, also weighed in on the Abrams, thanking the United States for “another powerful decision” in providing Abrams to Ukraine. “It is an important step on the road to victory. Today, the free world is united like never before by a common goal – the liberation of Ukraine and we are moving forward,” he declared.

The United Kingdom had also already announced the delivery of 14 Challenger tanks to Ukrainian forces.

Still on the Leopard 2, other countries have declared their intention to send these tanks, such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands. The Ukrainian press advances with a total amount above one hundred vehicles, but without confirmation from the largest of the respective national authorities.

The Ukrainian press places Portugal among the supplier countries, with four Leopard 2s, but the Government has not yet announced its final decision.

The Minister of Defense said she expected a decision on the deployment of Leopard 2s from the Portuguese Army “in the next few days”, and assured that Portugal would help Kiev to develop its capacity in the area of ​​tanks.

“There is no doubt: Portugal will participate and help Ukraine to develop its capacity in this area of ​​the Leopard 2 tanks”, Helena Carreiras told Lusa news agency.

The head of Defense said that Portugal is still evaluating the availability and the impacts that the transfer of the Leopard 2 would have on the capabilities of the Portuguese Army.

“I reaffirm that we are evaluating both our availability and the impacts it would also have on our capacities, but with all the attention and with the necessary prudence”, he declared. “We must not lose capabilities in this movement”, he stressed.

On Friday, Portugal announced that it will send 14 more M113 armored vehicles and eight large-capacity electrical generators to Ukraine, bringing “to 532 tons the total amount of military equipment, lethal and non-lethal” supplied to the country.

At the meeting of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine, which took place that day in Ramstein, Germany, the Minister of National Defense “reiterated the offer of training” in Leopard vehicles and expressed “the availability of the Portuguese Government to identify, with the its partners, ways to support Ukraine in this capacity”, says the ministry.


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