The 400 M1-A1 Abrams battle tanks that the United States intends to donate to Greece do not feature steel-encased depleted uranium armour, the US side confirmed, while the supply and use of projectiles incorporating depleted uranium is banned by the European legislation, which is strictly observed in Greece, a Hellenic Army General Staff announcement underlined on Friday.
The statement was issued in response to a Greek Medical Society letter expressing concern for the presence of depleted uranium in the specific battle tanks.

“The Greek legislation provides that no supplies will be received in case radiation is detected upon their delivery,” the statement clarified.

Official approval of the donation is still pending in the United States, while no decision has been made yet by the Greek side on whether it will accept the tanks.