Poland formally asked the switch of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine on Tuesday, in step with Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.
“The Germans have already received our request for consent to the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I also appeal to the German side to join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. This is our common cause because it is about the security of the whole of Europe!”
Germany, the manufacturer of the tanks, has been hesitant to turn out to be concerned within the struggle, amid fears sending apparatus to Ukraine may exacerbate tensions with Russia.
NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg, in a press convention along the German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, mentioned he was once “confident” a call could be made quickly on sending the German-made tanks to Ukraine.
He added the contentious factor were mentioned after Berlin failed to succeed in an settlement with Western companions at a gathering at the United States Ramstein air base in Germany on Friday.
Pistorius mentioned the verdict in the end depended at the Chancellor, in step with the German regulation at the export of guns supposed for conflict, and that there was once “no new information yet”.
He added he anticipated a call to be made in a while, however within the period in-between, he had “strongly encouraged” spouse international locations in ownership of the tanks to begin coaching Ukrainian forces on learn how to use them.
Ukraine and the west concern a brand new Russian offensive within the spring and arrangements are underway to impede the invading forces.
On the prospective supply of tanks to Ukraine, the Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has warned: “such deliveries will not bring anything good to the Russian-German relationship”.
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