The Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, explained that the cars stored at the Zaragoza military base are “in an absolutely unfortunate situation”
Spain backtracks and rules out sending the Leopard tanks to Ukraine that it promised last June. The reason? Because they are “in an absolutely unfortunate situation”, the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, explained this Tuesday during her visit to the Air Evacuation Medical Unit at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base (Madrid), where she admitted that these cars , stored at the Zaragoza military base, have been out of use for “many years”.
Although the Government is studying “all the possibilities”, Robles has indicated that “the corresponding exams” have been carried out and, definitively, “they are in conditions that cannot be used”. “We cannot give them because they would be a risk to people,” stressed the minister, who will visit the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid tomorrow to analyze all the ways in which Spain “can continue to give” support to the invaded country, especially from facing next winter, which has already advanced, it will be “very difficult”.
Two months ago it was known that the package of forty Leopard tanks that Madrid had promised kyiv were “inoperative”. As this newspaper published, the German information portal ‘Business Insider’ stated at the beginning of June that Spain could not supply the Ukrainian military with more than ten cars of this type. And even their shipment was doubtful, since the armored cars were in a state of total abandonment and it would take many months to put them back on track.
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