No Tanks, Greece Sending Ukraine Military Aid to Battle Russians

February 15, 2023

ATHENS – After saying no tanks would be sent because they’re needed for Greece’s defense – which was a priority before Türkiye’s earthquake brought a cessation of provocations for now – Greece will deliver 20 20 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles and ammunition to help Ukraine battle Russia’s invasion.

The Greek Ministry of National Defense said that Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos after a meeting with the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG) in Brussels, an Ukrinform, that Greece would respond.

“Minister Panagiotopoulos reminded about the humanitarian and defense aid provided by Greece to Ukraine, which included ammunition and recently sent 20 BMP-1,” a statement explained.

It was noted that the minister stressed that “Greece will continue to support the Ukrainian people’s fair struggle to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Ukraine news site added.

During his speech, the minister stressed that the invasion of Ukraine is a flagrant violation of international law, which undermines peace, security, and stability in Europe, all ignored by Russia.


Panagiotopoulos outlined the security assistance Greece provided to Ukraine, including ammunition and 20 BMP-1 IFVs, and stressed it would continue to support the struggle of the Ukrainian people, the report said.

Nikkei Asia earlier reported Greece refused to provide Ukraine with Leopard-2 tanks, as that would undermine Greek national security amid growing tensions with Türkiye  but those have abated.


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