Finland joins shipment of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Finnish Defense Minister Mikko Savola confirmed on Wednesday that his country will collaborate with the allies in sending tanks “Leopard 2” to Ukraine, shortly after the German government gave its authorization, although it did not specify what Finland’s contribution will consist of.

“This is good news, expected news. This is a major turnaround for Germanywhich will allow Ukraine to be supported with heavier defense equipment,” Savola said regarding the German decision to allow third countries to send this type of tank to kyiv.

The Finnish minister pointed out that his government is going to study together with the Armed Forces and European partners how to collaborate, without specifying whether Finland will send tanks or just other aid, as training or ammunition.

In any case, Savola admitted that Finland’s contribution –the only non-NATO country that owns “Leopard 2” tanks -It may not be “neither large nor substantial” so as not to weaken its own defense capacity against neighboring Russia.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pekka Haavisto, declared for his part from Riga that his country “is ready to hand over weapons to Ukraine that they need for their immediate use”.

Haavisto, who appeared before the press in the Latvian capital before the announcement of the shipment of tanks by Germany was confirmed, announced that Finland will also cooperate in training and in the use and maintenance of the equipment.

After the German decision, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace welcomed the shipment of tanks to Ukraine, stating that the international community is increasingly determined to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

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“I am delighted that Germany is joining the UK, France and Poland in sending tanks to Ukraine. It is time for Russia to realize that the international community is increasingly determined to aahelp Ukraine resist their barbaric and illegal invasionWallace said on Twitter.

(With information from Reuters and EFE)

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