Leopard tanks are provided to Ukraine for defence, but not attacks against Russia Spanish Defence Minister

Spanish Defence Minister Margarita Robles has stated that Leopard tanks are being delivered to Ukraine for defence only, and not offensive operations.

Source: Margarita Robles in an interview with La Vanguardia; European Pravda

Quote: "There are several types of Leopard: 2A4 and 2A6. The 2A4 tanks, which were stored in Zaragoza in deplorable conditions, are now being repaired. This will allow us to include them in the battalion along with tanks delivered by other countries. At the same time, we have already started training the crews of these tanks, as well as the teams that will be engaged in their maintenance. I firmly insist that the Leopards have an exclusive purpose: defence, not aggression against Russia," Robles said.

She also ruled out the participation of the Spanish military in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.

"This is an absolutely impossible scenario; it does not exist. Spanish soldiers would intervene only in case of aggression against a NATO country. Never, never, not a single soldier from a NATO country, and Spain is one of them, will go to participate in the war in Ukraine. Never, never. I want to say this very clearly, very explicitly," the minister said.

Background: This week, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced in Kyiv that a batch of Leopard 2 tanks, that Spain is going to deliver to Ukraine, will increase to 10 units.  

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