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Representatives of the countries that own the German-made Leopard 2 tanks met on the sidelines of a meeting of the Ukrainian Contact Group at Ramstein Airbase in Germany, according to the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (MoD).

“Portugal participated in the meeting demanded by Ukraine and Poland. which countries possess these methods [Leopard 2] It exists,” the Portuguese defense ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Portugal offers “training in this form of combat vehicle. and expressed the Portuguese government’s willingness to identify ways to support Ukraine in this capacity. in coordination with partners,” the statement added.

Although no decision was made to send these tanks to Ukraine. But Portugal said in a statement it would send 14 M113 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.

The pledge also includes eight high-power generators, 120 mm ammunition and medical equipment.

The ministry added that it will participate in an EU military support mission that will provide training to Ukrainian troops in Germany: Portuguese trainers will be on the ground from February to train Ukrainian soldiers in explosives disarming. Fight against medical, nuclear, biological, chemical and radiation protection assistance and eventual military advice.

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