The final decision of the Spanish authorities on the transfer of tanks is not yet known.
The German authorities have blocked Spain’s plans to transfer Leopard 2A4 tanks to Ukraine.
According to Spiegel , Germany did not agree with the plans of the Spanish government to supply Ukraine with 40 old German-made Leopard 2 main battle tanks. If Berlin agreed, it would be the first time that a NATO member has delivered battle tanks to Ukraine, the newspaper notes.
But, according to Berlin government circles, the Spaniards backed off sharply: the German federal government warned the Spaniards in phone calls that this step would be a retreat from the (albeit completely informal and unofficial) decision taken by all Western allies not to supply Kyiv with tanks.
As Business Insider clarifies , Madrid even apologized in Berlin for the excitement. Now we are talking about a maximum of ten tanks, and this decision is also being weighed. In addition, the tanks of the 1990s are so dilapidated that they will not be ready for transfer until many months later.
Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that his country sent Ukraine more than 240 tanks and almost 100 armored vehicles as part of assistance to fight the Russian occupiers.