The United States is putting pressure on Portugal to hand over armored vehicles to Ukraine

The Pentagon (U.S. Department of Defense) has called on the Portuguese government to send a series of tracked armored vehicles of the American M113A to Ukraine as part of its assistance to NATO members to counter Russia’s invasion. who have served in the Santa Margarida military camp for nearly 30 years in the National Army – he revealed Sunrise source from the Department of Defense.

The Portuguese military bought the vehicles in question from the United States at a reduced price as the number of U.S. military personnel stationed in Europe decreased in the 1990s as part of the slowdown in escalation following the end of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the fall of the Soviet Union (1991) – which led to the independence of both the Baltic republics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, now members of NATO and the European Union) and Ukraine. Russian Federation.

As it was cheaper for the Pentagon to leave these vehicles, which were already on the verge of technical obsolescence, in Europe instead of being transported back to the United States, Portugal exported only 104 M113A2 from the Netherlands and 50 M113A1 from Germany (provided they could not be sold). without the prior consent of North Americans).

The Lisbon government has delayed its response to Washington’s request even after this week when U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and military officials from about 40 countries were held at the U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany, at the invitation of the Pentagon. , to discuss the plan to assist the Ukrainian armed forces (in which the Portuguese Minister of Defense, Helena Carreiras, who testified the covid-19 test, participated remotely via video).

Portugal has already delivered a significant number of ammunition and grenade launchers (to the national armed forces) to Poland a few weeks ago, but most of the crawlers (which are not tanks) have to respond to a request for military equipment from Ukrainian President Volodyimir Zelensky. via video last week because the Portuguese army does not have as heavy offensive material as requested. .

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