White House comments on Scholz's demand that Washington move first on tank supplies to Ukraine

19 January, 11:49 AM
Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre responded to the reports that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had demanded that the United States supply Abrams tanks to Ukraine during a briefing on Jan. 18.

She noted that each country should decide on its own how to supply weapons to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"(U.S.) President Joe Biden believes that each country should make its own sovereign decisions about what security assistance they can provide and what equipment they can provide to Ukraine," the White House spokeswoman said.

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On Jan. 20, the eighth meeting in the “Ramstein format” will take place, where representatives of about 50 countries discuss military assistance to Ukraine.

Earlier, Reuters reported that Germany's partners had increased pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to allow the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine. On Jan. 11, Polish President Andrzej Duda was the first to announce the transfer of a company of Leopard tanks to Ukraine's defenders.

On Jan. 18, German media reported that Scholz had told Biden that he would approve the transfer of German Leopard tanks to Ukraine if Washington supplied Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

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