Decision on delivery of tanks to be made ‘soon’ — German defense minister

23 January, 11:32 AM
Tank Leopard 2 (Photo:propeertys/Twitter)

Tank Leopard 2 (Photo:propeertys/Twitter)

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has said a decision concerning the shipment of German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine will be made soon, UK television news channel Sky News reported on Jan. 22.

Pistorius said that a decision will be definitely be made — either positive or negative.

He said the German government had to consider “many factors” in order not to make a hasty decision.

In particular, the government will think about security issues for the German population, he said.

He also told a German newspaper on Jan. 22 that he is planning to visit Ukraine within the next four weeks.

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised to provide Ukraine with 14 Challenger 2 tanks, making the UK the first Western country to supply the heavy tanks that Kyiv has long been pleading for.

Meanwhile, in recent weeks, some partner countries expressed their readiness to transfer German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but they are waiting for the “green light” from Germany. On the sidelines of the summit in Ramstein, ministers from 15 countries discussed the transfer of these weapons to Ukraine.

However, Germany has not yet made a decision on this matter. Some media wrote that Berlin would approve the transfer of Leopards to Ukraine if the United States would supply it with its Abrams. But Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz and Minister of Defense of Germany denied these reports.

According to the results of the summit in Ramstein on Jan. 20, the meeting participants did not agree on the supply of Leopards to Ukraine.

After that, Poland promised to create a smaller coalition if Germany did not agree to transfer tanks to Ukraine.

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