Slovakia is ready to send Ukraine 30 T-72 tanks "immediately" provided it can get Western tanks in return, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said Wednesday, Reuters reported.
He noted that Slovakia sent 30 Soviet-era BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine last year after Germany agreed to supply Slovakia with 15 Leopard 2 tanks to replace them.
“We still have 30 T-72 tanks and would be ready to send them immediately to Ukraine, even tomorrow, if there would be an option to receive Western tanks – Leopards or any other in exchange,” Nad said.
According to Nad, Slovakia will need about 43 tanks according to NATO criteria, and after receiving 15 tanks from Germany, it will have a total of 45 tanks. According to him, Bratislava has already received one Leopard tank and expects to receive two tanks a month starting in March.
Slovakia also delivered eight Zuzana howitzer artillery guns to Ukraine last year and is working on producing another 16 guns to be paid for by Denmark, Germany and Norway. Nad said the Ukrainian government has expressed interest in buying 11 more howitzers, and contracts have been signed.
Slovakia is also helping Ukraine train soldiers. According to the minister, the country has been training about 200 Ukrainian soldiers for mechanized infantry since last October.