The Dutch Cabinet is ready to consider supplying Ukraine with modern Leopard 2 tanks. A spokesman for Prime Minister Rutte told the ANP: “No decision has been made yet, but we do not intend to rule it out.
The Netherlands owns no tanks, but leases 18 Leopard 2 tanks from Germany. Earlier on Tuesday, Rutte told international media outlets in Brussels that the Netherlands could buy these tanks and transfer them if needed. It is fulfilled. According to the Dutch prime minister, the cabinet is ready to consider it.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr Rutte said he “has a lot of understanding about Ukraine’s demands”. Wopke Hoekstra, Minister for Foreign Affairs, told parliament last week, ‘No taboos’ in the Cabinet Regarding the supply of regular military equipment to Ukraine. He said this in response to a parliamentary question about the deployment of Ukraine’s F-16 fighter jets.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz plans to allow Poland and other countries to supply Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, according to the weekly Der Spiegel. In addition to Poland, Finland and Portugal also want to provide these types of tanks to the government in Kyiv. Finland, in 2014 he acquired over 100 Dutch Leopard 2 tanks.
The lower house of the Dutch parliament, Tweede Kamer, is happy with Germany’s permission. “Finally, we have the go-ahead to deliver Leopard tanks from Germany,” said Kati Piri (PvdA). Ruben Breukelmans (VVD) tweeted that “Germany is making the right decision now”. Congress broadly supports military aid to Ukraine.
The Netherlands is a frontrunner in supplying military equipment to Kyiv. Last week, the Cabinet announced: Sends two Patriot rocket launchers and some missiles. to Ukraine. It will be realized in cooperation with Germany and the United States. Ukraine needs anti-aircraft systems to defend against Russian missile and drone attacks.
The Cabinet has already indirectly sent tanks to Ukraine. Working with the United States and the Czech Republic last year funded the delivery of 90 modernized Russian T-72 tanks. They were reportedly originally destined for Morocco. The Hague and Washington, respectively, he put in 45 million euros.