Greece will not provide German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, the country's premier said on Tuesday, arguing that Athens has already given Kyiv significant military support including armored personnel carriers, APA reports citing A News.
"We will not provide Leopard 2 tanks for the simple reason that they are absolutely necessary for our defense posture," Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Japan's Nikkei Asia news outlet.
"We've also always made it very clear that we are willing to support Ukraine but not at the expense of our defense capabilities," he added.
The US announced on Jan. 25 that it will send Abrams tanks to Ukraine, while Germany said it will supply it with Leopard 2 tanks, and also allow allies to send their German-made armored vehicles to Kyiv.
Ukraine had been pressing for the tanks for some time, along with other weapons such as long-range missiles, arguing that they are needed to fight off an expected Russian offensive this spring.