The Netherlands is willing to pay for the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as part of a broader coalition effort to provide Kyiv’s forces with modern heavy weapons, Defense Minister Kaisa O’Longren said. said yesterday.
‘It’s definitely something we’re happy to do,’ says Dutch minister Said Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Defense officials said the Dutch had previously paid for sending Soviet T-72 tanks from the Czech Republic to Ukraine.
On Thursday, between the forums, Minister Olonguren met with Olena Zelenska, the wife of the President of Ukraine. Mrs Zelenska thanked the Netherlands for its unwavering support in the fight against Russian aggressors, noting that the Netherlands has become one of the leaders in providing military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Olena Zelenska also expressed her gratitude for the treatment and rehabilitation of more than 60 Ukrainian soldiers and expressed her hope that such support from the Dutch government will continue.
The terror of winter will give the Russian army time to regroup and unleash a major offensive, said Ukraine’s first lady, saying the country’s beleaguered forces need immediate help. It could be discussed today at a Rammstein-style meeting.
In 2023, the Dutch state budget has set aside a total of €2.5 billion to support Ukraine. A portion of the funds will be used to preserve the country’s cultural heritage and support its cultural institutions. The Okhtyrka Museum of Local Lore, the Chernihiv Youth Library and the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Art have already received significant funding.
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