MOSCOW, June 5 – RIA Novosti. Spain is preparing to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft missiles and tanks, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reports, citing government sources.
According to the newspaper, Spain is ready to make a “qualitative leap” in its military support to Kyiv. If before that Madrid supplied ammunition, personal protective equipment and light weapons, now Spain is ready to move on to the supply of heavy weapons.
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Thus, the government is ready to hand over the German Leopard A4 tanks, which “have been dormant for decades.” Defense sources say that about 40 tanks can be restored and transferred to Ukrainian troops.
According to the newspaper, Spain also offered Ukraine to train its military to operate the Leopard A4. The source of the publication noted that the first part of the briefing will have to take place in Latvia, where the Spanish army has a contingent of 500 troops deployed with six Leopard 2E tanks. The second stage of preparation will be carried out in Spain.
According to the newspaper, the Spanish Ministry of Defense is already completing the delivery of short-range anti-aircraft missiles Shorad Aspide to Kiev.
In April, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a press conference in Kyiv that he had sent 200 tons of ammunition, military equipment, and vehicles to Ukraine.
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Even before the start of the Russian special operation, Western countries began to supply Ukraine with a large number of weapons, including anti-tank missiles. Recently, heavy equipment has also been supplied, in particular tanks, howitzers, and MLRS.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo that contains weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia. The Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation stated that the NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that pumping Kyiv with weapons does not change all the parameters of the Russian special operation, its goals will be achieved.
Translation by RJ983
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