Germany says it will make a decision soon on sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

Poland has formally asked Germany for permission to ship its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Tuesday, and his German counterpart said Berlin would soon decide whether it would send your tank or not.

Speaking at a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, German official Boris Pistorius said: “We are preparing to make a decision, it will be made soon. “We are looking into the matter, the current situation, regarding our Leopard tanks. It’s not just about counting our tanks – we know how many we have – it’s a lot more complicated than that.”

He added: “It is often said that there is a lack of solidarity among the allies or that Germany is isolated, but that is not the case.

Germany’s reluctance to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine or accept deliveries of German-made tanks from the many European countries that own them has frustrated some NATO allies as well as the government in Kiev. equipment to thwart a potential Russian attack.

Kiev has been begging hundreds of modern battle tanks built by its European allies and the United States for months to bolster its fleet that has been ravaged by Soviet times. Several NATO countries, especially the Baltic states, have expressed growing frustration at the time Berlin had to agree to allow Ukraine to be supplied with the Leopard 2 tank, one of the more advanced tanks. best in the world. At a meeting of NATO defense ministers last week, no agreement was reached on the issue.

For its part, Berlin has argued that Washington should allow sending of its own Abrams tanks. And Mr. Pistorius stressed that Prime Minister Olaf Scholz’s government will not prevent other countries from training Ukrainian forces in the use of Leopards.

Britain has promised to deliver 14 Challenger 2 tanks, but the Leopard 2 is a natural choice for Ukraine as hundreds are likely to be available in Europe. Because more than a dozen countries use Leopard 2, it’s easier to set up the supply chain, maintenance, training, and logistics needed for an efficient deployment.

The Russian invasion ignited NATO and gave the European Union, which has already imposed sanctions on Moscow, a new sense of purpose, but the disagreement over tanks showed Support for Ukraine still depends on political dynamics in individual countries.

Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed the discussion with Mr. Pistorius but he called on countries to speed up the transfer of weapons to Ukraine.

“At this critical juncture of the war, we have to deliver heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine, and we have to do it faster,” he said.


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