Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnyk expressed his disappointment when Germany undecided whether or not to send your Leopard tank to Ukraine.
Speaking to CNN’s Isa Soares on Friday, Melnyk called Germany’s indecision a “disappointment”, after first praising the UK for moving forward with its commitment to deliver Challenger 2 tanks, At the same time, he added that he hoped the move could lead other countries to follow suit.
The UK was “the first country to supply the Challenger 2 main battle tank and hopefully that can be a trigger for other countries but unfortunately not yet for Germany”, continues to describe described Germany’s inaction as a “great disappointment for all Ukrainians.”
Germany has so far failed to reach an agreement with key Western allies on send tank Leopard 2 to Ukraine, despite growing pressure from NATO and Kyiv to increase military aid in the face of a potential Russian spring offensive.
Germany’s new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, told reporters on the sidelines of a high-level defense meeting at Ramstein airbase in Germany on Friday that no decision had yet been made regarding sending the tanks. Leopard to Ukraine.
For his part, Melnyk further expressed Ukraine’s disappointment with the German announcement and expressed hope that Germany will take Ukraine’s concerns into account and may still decide to send Leopard tanks.
“The government in Germany did not make this important decision, not only allowing other countries like Poland, Finland or Spain or Greece, which have German battle tanks, to do so in the first place. the same thing, but also strengthening and creating this, as we call it, the ‘Global Tank Alliance’ to help Ukrainian forces push back the Russians and start a counter-offensive that will allow us to liberate the occupied territories,” he said.
“We are very disappointed, but a decision has not yet been made, so we hope that the government in Berlin will take seriously all the concerns they have heard (on Friday) in Ramstein.” Melnyk added.
“After 331 days of brutal war that Russia waged against Ukraine, they are still taking inventory of the stockpiles of the Bundeswehr (armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany) and in industry, to check. see if they have something to send to Ukraine! It’s ridiculous.”