Moscow, January 5 – The administration of US President Joe Biden does not plan to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine for technical reasons, the Washington Post reported, citing a US official.
The administration continues to rule out sending larger Abrams battle tanks, which weigh 55 tons and are powered by a turboprop engine that guzzles fuel at a massive rate.
According to the newspaper, the Abrams tanks are prone to malfunctions and require a lot of experience to maintain.
Earlier, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the US National Security Council, said that Washington may announce new military aid to Ukraine “in the coming days and weeks.” Kirby stressed that new military aid could be announced “in the coming days and weeks.”
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. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in December that the West is trying to prolong military operations in Ukraine as much as possible in order to weaken Russia.