The Greek Ministry of Defense announced that it would transfer 40 Soviet BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, and in return it would receive modern Marder infantry fighting vehicles from Germany. On the conclusion of such an agreement on circular deliveries, the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced almost four months ago, at the end of May.
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The Greek Defense Ministry reported that Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos and his German counterpart Christine Lambrecht, in order to support the defense of Ukraine from the ongoing Russian aggression, approved that Greece is supplying Ukraine with 40 BMP-1s.
In return, Greece will receive the same number of MARDER infantry fighting vehicles from Germany.
In June, Greece announced that they would hand over the BMP-1 to Ukraine only when they received the Marder. DW wrote that the reason for this position is the country’s conflict with Turkey, which allegedly encroaches on some Greek islands located in the eastern Aegean Sea. Against this background, the armed forces of Greece were put on alert.
German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen said that the Marder BMP had not been used for many years and needed to be repaired.
- On May 31, Scholz announced that he had agreed with the Prime Minister of Greece on “circular deliveries” of military equipment.
- Ukraine, meanwhile, continues to request modern Leopard 2 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles from Germany, but Berlin refuses under various pretexts. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Presidential Administration, said that “circular deliveries” do not work, and Ukraine is waiting for a word from Germany.
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for Ukraine to be provided with the weapons it requests: “If Ukrainians say they need tanks, we need to give them.”
See also: Germany explained the refusal to supply Ukraine with Leopard tanks “too long training”
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