European Parliament urges Germany to supply Ukraine with tanks

13 January, 03:20 AM
Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Christian Mang)

Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Christian Mang)

The European Parliament is planning to urge German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to organize an EU-wide effort to supply Ukraine with German-made Leopard-2 main battle tanks, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on Jan. 12.

The European Parliament group Alliance 90/The Greens submitted an amendment to the report on the foreign and security policy of the EU, which calls on Scholz “without further delay” to take the initiative in creating a consortium of European states to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

The report will be submitted for a vote by the parliament next week.

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Indicating a softening posture, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht no longer rules out that Berlin will make Leopards available to Kyiv.

“In the current times we are advised to adapt to the respective situation,” Lambrecht said on Jan. 12, responding to a question about sending modern tanks to Ukraine.

On Jan. 7, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola welcomed Germany's decision to supply Ukraine with Marder IFVs and also spoke in favor of supplying Leopard tanks.

On Jan. 10, when commenting on supplies of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Germany considers that it is necessary to coordinate arms supplies to Ukraine with its allies, rather than act independently.

On Jan. 7, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak confirmed that Ukraine is negotiating with its international partners about the transfer of heavy tanks, specifically — the German-made Leopard-2s. According to him, the discussions are “already at the finish line.”

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