Poland formalizes request to Germany to send tanks to Ukraine
The Polish Government has formally asked Germany for authorization to send “Leopard” tanks to Ukraine, the Polish Defense Minister announced today, while his German counterpart guaranteed that he will respond shortly.
“Germany has already received the request to authorize the transfer of the ‘Leopard 2’ tanks to Ukraine”, said the Polish minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, in a message published today on the social network Twitter, in which he calls on Berlin to join the “coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with ‘Leopard 2’”.
According to the German Minister of Defence, Boris Pistorius, the Government of Berlin hopes to resolve “in the next few days” its doubts about sending the ‘Leopard 2’ to Ukraine, noting that the first step is to prepare an inventory of the tanks currently in use. available.
Once this inventory is made, and “if yes”, the issue can be resolved in days, Pistorius said in an interview with the television station ZDF, a few hours before the meeting scheduled for today with the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
Berlin also promised to “act quickly” with regard to training staff and transporting cars, but clarified that the final decision rests with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, referring to speculation in recent days about a possible split within the governing coalition over the help that the Ukrainian authorities have been asking for.
Poland had already advanced, on Monday, that it was going to ask Germany for authorization to send the Leopards to Ukraine, but the Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, had not specified when the request would be made.
“We’ll ask for authorization, but that’s a secondary issue,” Morawiecki told reporters.
“Even if we don’t get the authorization, we will give our tanks to Ukraine as part of a small coalition, even if Germany is not part of it,” he added.
Poland, which declared itself ready to deliver 14 Leopard tanks to Kiev, underlined that it is in talks with about 15 countries on this matter.
Germany has been under increasing pressure to deliver its Leopards to Ukraine, which is insistently asking for them, and on Sunday Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the country was ready to hand over the tanks despite the German chancellor has shown reluctance to comment on the matter.
“If we were asked to do so, we wouldn’t object,” said Annalena Baerbock.
Poland is obliged to make an official request to Berlin before handing over the tanks, which are part of the German reserves.
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