Germany to transfer Leopard tanks to Ukraine next week, media reports say

13 January, 07:45 PM
Leopard tank in Slovakia, December 19 (Photo:REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa)

Leopard tank in Slovakia, December 19 (Photo:REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa)

The German government will announce its decision to send Leopard-2 main battle tanks to Ukraine next week, along with the UK transferring Challenger-2 tanks, The Guardian and Bloomberg reported on Jan. 13, citing their sources.

Referring to its sources in Ukraine, The Guardian writes that London will announce it’s sending 10 Challenger-2 tanks to Ukraine on Jan. 16. The UK hopes this will spur Berlin to finally greenlight other EU countries supplying Kyiv with German Leopard tanks.

The Financial Times previously reported the corresponding decision has already been made by UK PM Rishi Sunak.

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In turn, Bloomberg reported that Germany will announce its plans to finally make Leopard-2 tanks available to Ukraine at the upcoming Jan. 20 Ramstein meeting, where defense ministers of Ukraine’s partners will discuss ongoing and future efforts to aid Kyiv in repelling the Russian invasion.

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

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.

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