Polish Prime Minister promises to set up a smaller coalition if Germany refuses to supply tanks

22 January, 05:44 PM
Mateusz Morawiecki (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Mateusz Morawiecki (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Warsaw will build a "smaller coalition" of the countries ready to supply Ukraine with some of their stocks of Leopard 2 battle tanks without Germany's consent, if it isn't provided, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with Polish Press Agency (PAP) on Jan. 22.

Morawiecki called Germany's attitude “unacceptable”, and stated that he doesn’t know what would get to Germany to“open its eyes and start to act in line with its potential".

"If Germany continues to refuse to transfer Leopard 2 tanks, we will set up a ‘small coalition’ of countries ready to donate some of their modern equipment, their modern tanks,” Morawiecki said.

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He added that despite newly appointed Germany's Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius having denied blocking any weapons deliveries to Ukraine, he wants to hear a clear declaration of support of the relevant decision. He believes Germany "had fallen into a trap of its own making" due to a long-standing policy of rapprochement with Russia.

"Germany did not have to activate all its resources, as just a small percentage would be progress,” the Polish PM stated.

“Above all Berlin, should not weaken or sabotage the activities of other countries.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda announced during a visit to Lviv on Jan. 11 that the Ukrainian army would receive a company of Leopard tanks supplied by an international coalition.

On Jan. 20, the eighth meeting of NATO defense ministers at the Ramstein air base in Germany, 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.

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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