Poland signals intent to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine
January 24, 2023 - Germany is under pressure from Ukraine and some NATO allies to allow Kyiv to be supplied with German-made Leopard 2 tanks for its defence against Russia’s invasion.
Pressure has been building on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government to send its Leopard tanks to Ukraine and also let other countries send the ones they own – under military procurement rules, Germany must authorise any re-exports.
But Scholz’s Social Democrat party has been holding back, wary of sudden moves that could cause Moscow to escalate further.
A German defence source told Reuters that Poland had submitted a request to the German government to let it supply up to 14 Leopard 2A4 tanks to Ukraine, upping the pressure on Berlin still further, Reuters said.