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Representatives of the countries that own the German-made Leopard 2 tank met on the sidelines of the Ukraine contact group meeting at Ramstein air base in Germany, according to the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (MoD).

“Portugal took part in a meeting called for by Ukraine and Poland, where countries that possess these means [Leopard 2] were present,” the Portuguese MoD said in a statement on Friday.

Portugal offered “training in this typology of fighting vehicle and expressed the Portuguese government’s willingness to identify, in coordination with its partners, ways of supporting Ukraine with this capacity,” the statement added.

While no decision was made on sending these tanks to Ukraine, Portugal said in its statement that it will send 14 M113 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.

The pledge also includes eight high-power electrical generators, 120mm ammunition and medical equipment, the statement added.

The ministry added that it would take part in an EU military support mission that would provide training to Ukrainian troops in Germany: Portuguese trainers will be on the ground from February to train Ukrainian soldiers on disarming explosives, combat medical assistance, nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological defense and lastly military instruction. 

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