“At the moment, we have the recovery and maintenance plan for the Leopard 2 tanks in progress and, according to the execution of the plan, we are in a position to be able to spare three in the month of March and it is in this sense that we are working”, said António Coast.

The statement, in response to deputy Bernardo Blanco, from the Liberal Initiative, clarifies the doubts that existed around Portugal's participation in the international effort to send war tanks to Ukraine, in the context of the invasion perpetrated by Russia.

Costa responded to deputies in the preparatory debate for the European Council, which took place this Wednesday afternoon in the Assembly of the Republic. The two-day European Council starts this Thursday, in Brussels (Belgium), and, as confirmed by António Costa, will have the special presence of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

The meeting of European leaders has other issues on the agenda besides the war in Ukraine. The meeting will also serve to discuss the flexibility of State aid to respond to the protectionist measures of the Biden Administration and issues related to migration.

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