Poland trains Ukrainian soldiers who will operate German Leopard 2 tanks
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Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said his country's armed forces are already training Ukrainian soldiers to operate German Leopard 2 tankswhich several NATO countries promised to send to the troops fighting the Russian invasion.
The statements come shortly after German media claimed that several countries were breaking their promises to send armored vehicles to Ukraine, and that Poland also intended to deliver the tanks without offering the necessary training to the Ukrainian military.
On Friday, Blaszczak had traveled to kyiv to discuss with the Ukrainian authorities plans to hand over the Leopard 2 tanks.. The minister said that while it was not possible to say how long the training would take, he did state that it "would not be a matter of days or months", but more likely a matter of "weeks".
Biden to Poland
The official added that in mid-February the NATO allies will meet to discuss the delivery modality of the powerful German armored vehicles. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky and Defense Minister Olexiy Resnikov personally thanked him for the role Poland has played in the campaign to deliver the Leopard 2s.
Meanwhile, Marcin Przydacz, international policy adviser to Polish President Andrzej Duda, said on public television that Joe Biden, President of the United States, will visit Poland on a date yet to be determined.
“We know for sure that President Biden will respond positively to the invitation and come to Poland. We agreed with the Americans that we will announce the date of the visit in due course.but I can assure you that it will be sooner rather than later," explained Przydacz, who added that Biden's presence will be an important sign of support for Polish security.
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