For the handover of tanks to Ukraine, the NATO partner Czech Republic should be quickly equipped with Leopard 2 tanks from Germany. “Delivery is scheduled to begin this year and will also include a 30-day supply of 120 mm ammunition,” the German Ministry of Defense told the responsible officials in the Bundestag. “Equipment and ammunition come from industry stocks and are financed by the Federal Republic of Germany. The follow-up care is the responsibility of the Czech Republic.” The letter was presented to the German Press Agency in Berlin on Friday.

The Czech Republic intends to provide significant support to Ukraine in the war against Russia by donating 20 T-72 main battle tanks from its own stocks. “In a first step, the Czech Republic is to receive 14 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks and one Leopard 2-based recovery vehicle as a replacement for its own delivery,” it says.

In addition to providing material support for Ukraine itself, the aim of the Federal Government is to intensify the expansion of bilateral cooperation with the Czech Republic, particularly in the area of ​​cooperation between the armed forces and capability development and armaments cooperation, the letter says.