Poland to ask Germany for approval to send tanks to Ukraine

Streaming HUBJanuary 23, 2023

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that he would seek Germany’s permission to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia.

Morawiecki said Poland is building a coalition of countries ready to send Leopards to Ukraine, but even without approval from Germany, he said, Poland would make its own decisions.

“we will ask [Germany] for permission, but this is a secondary topic,” Morawiecki said. With others, for Ukraine.”

German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock told French television channel LCI on Sunday that Poland has not formally requested approval to share some of its German-made Leopards.

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Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that his country would seek Germany's permission to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that his country would seek Germany’s permission to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia.
(AP Photo/Olivier Mathis, File)

“If we were asked, we would not stand in the way,” Barebock said.

In response to Bayerbock’s comments, Morawiecki said that “putting on pressure makes sense” and that his words are a “spark of hope” that Germany might also participate in the alliance.

Morawiecki said that Bierbock “sent a different message that provided a spark of hope that not only would Germany no longer block, but it would finally introduce heavy, modern equipment in support of Ukraine.”

“We are constantly putting pressure on the government in Berlin to make our leopards available,” Morawiecki told a news conference in the western city of Poznan.

According to Morawiecki, there are “more than 350 active leopards and about 200 in storage” in Germany.

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Morawiecki said Poland is building a coalition of countries ready to send Leopards to Ukraine. Even without Germany's approval, he said that Poland would make its own decisions.

Morawiecki said Poland is building a coalition of countries ready to send Leopards to Ukraine. Even without Germany’s approval, he said that Poland would make its own decisions.
(AP)

The Ukrainian government said the tanks, specifically the German-built Leopard, are vital in its effort to deter Russian forces.

Bierbock suggested that Germany might be open to sending tanks to Ukraine, saying that German officials “know how important these tanks are” and “that’s why we are now discussing this with our partners”. Huh.”

During a meeting at Germany’s Ramstein air base on Friday, supporters of Ukraine pledged to send billions of dollars of military aid.

Germany is one of the primary donors of weapons to Ukraine, and ordered a review of its Leopard 2 stocks in preparation for potentially sending the tanks. Nevertheless, the German government has been cautious about increasing its military aid to Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock told French television channel LCI on Sunday that Poland has not formally requested approval to share some of its German-made Leopards.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock told French television channel LCI on Sunday that Poland has not formally requested approval to share some of its German-made Leopards.
(AP Photo/Olivier Mathis)

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The hesitation from Germany has drawn criticism, particularly from Poland and the Baltic states, countries on NATO’s eastern fringes that feel particularly threatened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

But Moscow responded to pledges of sophisticated Western weapons to Ukraine by highlighting its warnings that an escalation risks catastrophe. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday confirmed a Kremlin statement that supporting Ukraine with supplies from Western countries could have “unpredictable” consequences.

“We have said on several occasions that escalation is the most dangerous path and the consequences can be unpredictable,” Ryabkov said. “Our signals are not heard, and Russia’s opponents keep raising the stakes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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