In the announcement that Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, the representative of the German government, Steffen Heberstreit, proceeded at noon on Wednesday (25/1), confirming the information that had been circulated in the last few hours.
At the same time, Berlin gives the “green light” for the re-export of these tanks from other allied countries. As Sky News notes, this decision paves the way for countries such as Polandthe Spain and the Norway to send the same tanks to Ukraine. “This decision follows the “line” of supporting Ukraine in the best possible way,” said Mr Olaf Solz.
The aim, according to the representative of the German government, is to deploy two battalions of Leopard 2 with Germany taking the first step by sending a total of 14 such tanks.
THE Germany it will also undertake the training of Ukrainian soldiers who will take up pilot positions with Berlin also providing logistical support and ammunition.
The announcement was made shortly before the statements of Olaf Solz scheduled for 2 in the afternoon and after there were reports from the US that the Biden administration will proceed with the deployment of “Abrams” battle tanks. According to information from BILD, Chancellor Soltz had made it clear to the American president, Joe Biden, that “We will give tanks to Ukraine only together”. On Tuesday, Poland had submitted an official request to Germany for the re-export of Leopard 2 tanks, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Balzak announced.
“Germany has already received our request to accept the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine,” Balzac pointed out on Twitter, while calling on Berlin to join “the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2.” “This is our common goal, because the security of all of Europe is at stake,” the Polish minister underlined.
The first reaction of the Kremlin
The Kremlin, for its part, commented through its spokesman that the Abrams tanks that will be sent to Ukraine from the USA I will “burn”, saying that the proposed missions are one expensive madness. Speaking in regular update of journalists, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that while the Abrams missions are not confirmed, however it will be a waste of money.
“I’m sure many experts realize the absurdity of this idea. The plan is disruptive in terms of technology,” he said. “But most of all, he overestimates the potential it will bring to the Ukrainian military. These tanks burn like any other,” he added.
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