Defense Robles confirms that Spain wants to fine-tune the Leopard hibernated in Zaragoza for Ukraine
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The Ukrainian Defense Minister,
has formally requested by letter to his Spanish counterpart, Margarita Robles, that they participate in the
training of soldiers
in handling the Leopard battle tanks that the NATO allies will send to Zelensky for the spring offensive.
Robles revealed this information during her visit to the 600 Spanish soldiers participating in the NATO Advanced Reinforced Presence mission in Latvia.
Precisely in this mission, Spain participates with various units of Leopard battle tanks, the Spanish version of the German Leopard that Spain would bring to Ukraine.
There, before the summoned media, he has offered more details about what the executive will give Zelensky after the
with his NATO counterparts held this Thursday by videoconference.
"Spain, in coordination and depending on the different meetings, will contribute by sending
, those that are in proper working order, and for this we will count on the industry," he said.
It should be remembered that, as EL MUNDO announced, Defense is evaluating the state of the 53 cars that rest in the Casetas logistics base, which have been hibernating for ten years.
El País reported that at least 20 of these armored vehicles could be fully recovered, but Defense has not yet provided figures.
The intention is for a
of the Leopards to be carried out, the most exhaustive, and for it to be carried out by one of the private companies that are related to Defense.
Robles has admitted that the battleships would not arrive in Ukraine
"Before spring, the physical presence of the Leopards would not be necessary either and we must take advantage of this time for instruction," explained the head of Defense.
"You have to keep in mind that it's not just about sending cars, but there's
a job of training
the different crews and instruction in maintenance," she insisted.
It was at that point that the minister reported on the letter from her Ukrainian colleague: "Yesterday I received a letter from the Ukrainian Defense Minister asking that people be trained in driving this car."
Spain was one of the first countries to offer to train Ukrainian soldiers, and it develops two programs within the European Union mission.
On the one hand, the Toledo Training Command offers newly enlisted soldiers a five-week basic training that includes shooting and first aid.
For military with previous experience, an instruction is offered in the handling of material that we have already sent, such as courses in the Aspide and Hawks missiles.
In this context, the instruction of the Leopard crew would fit.
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