Moscow, January 14 – The British newspaper “The Sun”, quoting a source in the British government, reported that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak decided to transfer a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.
A Downing Street source told the newspaper that Sunak would inform Volodymyr Zelensky of the plan, saying he “wants action.”[المملكة المتحدة]To speak louder than words.”
According to the newspaper, a batch of four Challenger 2 tanks will be delivered to Eastern Europe “immediately”, with eight more tanks being delivered soon after.
Earlier, Sky News TV reported, citing sources, that the United Kingdom, for the first time since the start of the Russian special military operation, is studying the possibility of supplying Ukraine with British Challenger 2 tanks. According to the Guardian newspaper, an official announcement in this regard is expected on Monday.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.