Germany says Scholz gave no conditions to Biden on Leopard tank delivery to Ukraine

20 January, 06:08 PM
The conditions of Olaf Scholz were previously reported by the German mass media (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

The conditions of Olaf Scholz were previously reported by the German mass media (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

Berlin has denied that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made the supply of German-made Leopard 2 tanks conditional on then supply of U.S.-made Abrams tanks, German news agency DPA reported on Jan. 20.

DPA cited the words of German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.

The Germany newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported earlier that Chancellor Scholz made it clear to the White House's leader Joe Biden during their meeting on Jan. 18 that he would approve the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine only if the U.S. pledged its Abrams tanks.

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"At no time has there been a... demand that one (supply of tanks) must take place so that the other can take place... I find it hard to imagine a German chancellor dictating any conditions or making any demands to an American president," Hebestreit commented on the news.

Polish President Andrzej Duda announced during his visit to Lviv on Jan. 11 that Ukraine is to be supplied with a company of Leopard tanks by an international coalition.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has also confirmed his country’s willingness to supply a small number of these tanks to Ukraine.

Germany, in turn, appears to be continuing to dither on the matter, shifting responsibility to the United States.

Meanwhile, Berlin has a say in the re-export of Leopard tanks as their manufacturer.

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