Ideally, Berlin would send a squadron of a dozen machines directly to NATO’s European allies (Poland, Baltic States, Greece, etc.) or even Finland, which has started the accession process of Finland, to decide to send units. Chancellor Olaf Scholz is due to speak before the lower house of the German parliament at noon this Wednesday to announce the decision and authorize countries with Leopard 2s to do so.
During a press conference in Berlin with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, new German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said on Tuesday that he had “openly encouraged allied countries that have Leopard tanks on standby to train Ukrainian forces on these tanks”. NATO chief Pistorius’ “clear message” was less than a week in office.
A German position that may spread: According to CNN, US President Joe Biden is currently finalizing the export of M1 Abrams heavy tanks and may announce it this week.
Epilogue to the very long negotiations with Germany, despite more pressing demands from kyiv. Germany, after the terrible and deadly war in the East in 1941-1945, did not want to send battle tanks into the fight against Russia, to avoid the risk of escalation. Olaf Scholz had been pressing for weeks, especially from Poland, to give his agreement. But within its own government.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded that “such deliveries will not bring anything” to Russian-German relations. With these exports, Ukraine will have the best Western heavy tanks, as the United Kingdom has promised 12 Challenger 2s. Perhaps while waiting for the French Leclercs.
According to observers, these armored vehicles could have a significant impact on the Ukrainians, in the face of a steamroller of Russian troops reclaiming some ground in eastern Ukraine.
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