As part of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group summit in Ramstein, several countries declared their readiness to transfer heavy weapons to Ukraine, including the main battle tank.
According to Dutch defence minister Karin Ollongren, the state is considering helping Ukraine with the main battle tank. The minister recalled that earlier, in partnership with Czechia and the United States, T-72 tanks and 100 anti-aircraft installations were transferred in collaboration with the Czech Republic.
"Participants reaffirmed their intention to continue their long-standing military support for Ukraine and stressed that this support is unconditional," the Dutch Ministry of defence.
The Netherlands also became the 3rd country to make the difficult decision to transfer Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine. Earlier, the United States and Germany announced a similar decision. In cooperation with these countries, Holland will provide Ukraine with 2 Patriots and shells for installations, as well as train Ukrainian soldiers to work with this machine as part of the British Interflex program. In 2023, the Dutch contribution to Interflex is about €17.5 million.