Germany’s Minister of Defense announces his visit to Ukraine

22 January, 12:35 PM
Boris Pistorius (Photo:REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

Boris Pistorius (Photo:REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

Newly appointed German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said he will visit Kyiv shortly, German public broadcaster DW reported on Jan. 22.

"What is certain is that I will travel to Ukraine quickly,” he said.

“Probably even within the next four weeks.”

He also commented on the possible supply of German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, saying that Germany is "in very close dialogue with our international partners, first and foremost with the U.S., on this issue."

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"In order to be best prepared for possible decisions, I instructed my ministry on Friday to check everything to such an extent that we do not lose unnecessary time if the worst comes to the worst," Pistorius said.

On Jan. 20, the eighth meeting of NATO defense ministers at the Ramstein base, dubbed the Ramstein format meeting, took place. The meeting was primarily concerned with discussing military aid to Ukraine, though the group was unable to reach a consensus on approving the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to the country.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier that a number of countries are ready to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks as soon as the decision to do so is approved by Germany. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not rule out transferring these tanks even without Germany's consent.

The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) believes that Ukraine can launch a counter-offensive if it receives about 100 tanks.

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