The information that they wanted Greece to send armored fighting vehicles (TOMA) to Ukraine and Germany to grant, in turn, Marder IFVs to Greece, Athens confirms.
According to a statement from the Greek Ministry of Defense, following the decision of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Chancellor Olaf Soltz, the Minister of National Defense, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, and the German Minister of Defense, Christine Lambrecht, in order to support the defense of Ukraine, agreed on the concession 40 BMP-1 armored fighting vehicles from Greece to Ukraine, which will be replaced by 40 MARDER armored fighting vehicles, which will be granted by Germany to Greece.
It is noted that, on Thursday, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said in Berlin that an agreement on a circular exchange of infantry fighting vehicles with Greece and Ukraine is almost complete.
Which, as international media observed, means that Germany will soon deliver 40 Marder IFVs to Greece, while Greece, in turn, will provide 40 of the Soviet-made BMP-1 IFVs to Ukraine.
Speaking at a Bundeswehr conference, the German defense minister also said that her country would give two more multiple missile launchers to Kyiv. “We have decided to deliver two more MARS II multiple rocket launchers, including 200 rockets to Ukraine,” he said, adding that training of Ukrainian pilots is expected to begin in September.
“In addition, we will send 50 Dingo armored personnel carriers to Ukraine,” Lambrecht announced, referring to one type of armored vehicle.
“Red Line” from Zahakhova to the USA
Meanwhile, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday that if the US decided to supply Kyiv with longer-range missiles, it would cross a “red line” and the US would then become “a party to conflict”.
Ukraine already uses US high-mobility artillery missile systems – not just longer-range US-made missiles.
Maria Zakharova added that Russia “reserves the right to defend its territory.”