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Scholz-Germany Will Cover Cost Of Sending Ukraine Tanks & Maintenance

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Wires carrying comments from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz , where he states that "We intend to build on what we have supplied to Ukraine with air defence and other weapons". Scholz: "Cannot say how much delivering Leopard 2 battle tanks for Ukraine will cost, but Germany will bear the cost", adding "We see a responsibility here in terms of maintenance."

  • Earlier, the German gov't committed to sending 14 Leopard 2's, and allowing other allied nations to re-export their tanks to Ukraine. Scholz tweeted: "Germany supports Ukraine in defending against Russia's aggression - humanitarian, financial and with weapons. I [told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy] that and informed him that we are supplying Leopard 2 tanks in close cooperation with our international partners."
  • Comes as Bloomberg defence reporter Anthony Capaccio reports that US President Joe Biden is set to announce the provision of 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine in a deal worth USD400mn. Biden due to speak at 1200ET/1700GMT/1800CET.
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Wires carrying comments from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz , where he states that "We intend to build on what we have supplied to Ukraine with air defence and other weapons". Scholz: "Cannot say how much delivering Leopard 2 battle tanks for Ukraine will cost, but Germany will bear the cost", adding "We see a responsibility here in terms of maintenance."

  • Earlier, the German gov't committed to sending 14 Leopard 2's, and allowing other allied nations to re-export their tanks to Ukraine. Scholz tweeted: "Germany supports Ukraine in defending against Russia's aggression - humanitarian, financial and with weapons. I [told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy] that and informed him that we are supplying Leopard 2 tanks in close cooperation with our international partners."
  • Comes as Bloomberg defence reporter Anthony Capaccio reports that US President Joe Biden is set to announce the provision of 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine in a deal worth USD400mn. Biden due to speak at 1200ET/1700GMT/1800CET.