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Germany says it's buying back 100 Leopard 2 tanks it's sold to the defence industry during the years of sharp cutbacks in spending after the Cold War. The move is widely seen as a reaction to rising tension between NATO and Russia over Ukraine, as Steve Jackson reports.“Towards the end of the Cold War, the former West Germany had 3,500 tanks. But 30 years later, the reunited Germany has only 225. Putting the Leopard 2 tanks back into service will cost 23 million dollars, and will require changes to modernize them. Russia's actions in Ukraine over the past year have given NATO countries a sharp jolt, and their alliances are now trying to strengthen its forces and improve their reaction times.” World news from the BBC.
1. cutbacks n. 削减，缩减，减少
2. modernize v. 使现代化
3. jolt v. （使）摇动，（使）震惊