On Tuesday, the Kremlin warned Germany against delivering tanks to the Ukrainian army. The Kremlin said: “If Germany delivers Leopard tanks to Ukraine, relations between us will be affected.”
On the other hand, Eberhard Zorn, Inspector General of the German Ministry of Defense, said today, Tuesday, that the decision to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine will be taken at the political level only. He added at a defense conference organized by the newspaper “Handelsblatt” in Berlin: “This is a purely political decision.”
Simultaneously, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that his country Germany sent an official letter to re-export Leopard tanks to Ukraine. “Germany has already received our request to approve the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine,” Plaschak said in a tweet. He added, “I also call on the German side to join the coalition of countries that support Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. This is our common cause, because we are talking about the security of all of Europe.”
For his part, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed his wish for Germany to respond quickly regarding the export of tanks to Ukraine, adding, “We will demand the European Union to pay for the Leopard tanks that we will send to Ukraine.” The Polish Prime Minister announced on Monday that His country will seek Berlin’s approval to supply Ukraine with German Leopard tanks made.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov
This was the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, expressed confidence that the allies will soon reach an agreement on the supply of tanks, including the German “Leopard” to Ukraine. This came after a meeting in Berlin with German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, where the Secretary-General called on member states to prepare Leopard tanks for shipment to Ukraine if the appropriate decision is taken in Germany, as well as to train Ukrainian crews, explaining that “if the decision is taken, it will take It takes a while to prepare the army to use these tanks.”
A few days ago, German Foreign Minister Analina Baerbock said her country was ready to allow Poland to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. This situation increases the pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is still reluctant to take a decision on this issue.
The German government is under increasing pressure to supply Ukraine with Leopard tanks, which could have a significant impact on the battlefield against Russian forces.
“Germany did not prevent Poland from sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine,” said the German Foreign Minister, which increased pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was hesitant about the issue.
The minister, who belongs to the Green Party participating in the government coalition with the liberals and social democrats led by Schulz, said on Sunday: “If the question was asked to us, we would not object” to the delivery of these German-made tanks to Kyiv.
“At the moment, the question has not been asked” by Poland, which is supposed to submit an official request to Berlin, the minister added, during an interview in Paris via the French LCE channel.
However, the final decision in this matter belongs to Scholz, who has so far refused to comment on the issue of indirect deliveries of these tanks. Nor has he commented on the issue of sending Leopard tanks directly from the German stockpile.
Shortly after the interview, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, for his part, said, in an interview with the German “ARD” channel, that the decision in this context “depends on many factors and is taken in the chancellery.” Pistorius, a democratic socialist like Schulz, was not asked about the comments made by Baerbock.