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A spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, said that with regard to the tanks that will be delivered to Ukraine, there is a condition that this country will use them only to defend its territory, as in the case of other weapons.

After US President Joe Biden announced that they would provide Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams tanks, equivalent to a tank battalion, at the press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about whether these tanks were allowed to be used in an operation against Crimea, or against Russian territory. Russian forces requested in Belarus.

The price did not mention whether these tanks will be used outside the territory of Ukraine. However, the spokesperson said: “Only one condition has been set. This means that everything we provide is solely for Ukraine’s self-defense. Everything we offer is for our Ukrainian partners to effectively and successfully defend their internationally recognized borders as part of sovereign Ukrainian territory. This applies.” On the latest Abrams tanks that were announced, as well as on other systems that we presented before February 24 of last year, air defense systems and armor-piercing systems such as the Stinger and Javeline. He said.

Price explained that the United States showed that it is united with its partners against Russia by making the decision to purchase these tanks, and that this decision came as a result of Biden meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and England.

Price said the decision was the result of “successful”, “helpful” and “constructive” diplomacy.

Controversy behind the US decision to supply tanks to Ukraine

The US administration, citing maintenance, maintenance and training, was claiming that the delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine was not appropriate at this point.

It was alleged that at a meeting of defense ministers of 50 countries, known as the Ukraine Contact Group, on January 18-20 at the Ramstein base in Germany, with Ukraine’s agenda, Germany announced that it would not supply tanks to Ukraine before the United States.

At the same time, Berlin did not give consent to other countries that wanted to give German-made tanks to Ukraine, which caused controversy.

It is noteworthy that Germany’s reluctance to supply Ukraine with tanks before the United States and its refusal to agree to the delivery of German-made tanks to the Ukrainian army by other countries forced Washington to take a step.

Simultaneously with the United States making this decision, Germany announced that it would deliver Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

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