Hosting the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting held at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Austin held a press conference after the meeting.
Austin said that M1 Abrams tanks, which will be used for training Ukrainian military personnel, will be in Germany in a few weeks.
US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley also stated that the tanks to be sent to Germany are not combat vehicles, they will be used for training purposes to teach tank personnel how to shoot, maneuver and maintain.
Mark Milley noted that other tanks were also renewed at this time, and they were working to speed up the delivery.
“I think these tanks will make a difference on the battlefield when they are delivered,” Milley said. said.
Both American officials did not say how many tanks will arrive in Germany, but the US press announced that 31 of the M1 Abrams tanks are expected to reach Germany by the end of May, and the training will take about 10 weeks.
The United States had long resisted giving tanks to Ukraine. Joe Biden’s administration was put in a difficult situation when Germany stipulated that the US should supply tanks first in the debate on the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
The administration changed its rhetoric in a short time and announced that 31 M1A Abrams tanks would be purchased on January 24 to be given to the Ukrainian army. Thereupon, Germany announced that it would give the Leopard 2 tank to Ukraine and allowed the countries with these tanks to take steps in this direction.
No decision yet on evacuation from Sudan
US Secretary of Defense Austin, while answering a question about the evacuation from their embassy in Sudan, where conflicts continue, said at the press conference that they sent troops to Sudan for this purpose.
However, Austin said that a final decision has not been made on the evacuation yet. he said.
There were reports in the international press that the US had sent a large number of soldiers to its base in Djibouti.