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Jens Stoltenberg is ‘confident’ that there will soon be a solution to the German tank debacle

origin 1German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius ©Michael Sohn/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved

Poland officially requested the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine on Tuesday, according to Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.

“The Germans have already received our request for consent to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I also appeal to the German side to join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. This is our common cause because it affects the security of the whole of Europe!”

Germany, the manufacturer of the tanks, has been hesitant to get involved in the conflict over fears that sending equipment to Ukraine could exacerbate tensions with Russia.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, in a press conference together with German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, said he was “confident” that a decision would soon be made to send the German-made tanks to the war-torn country.

He added that the contentious issue was being discussed after Berlin failed to reach an agreement with Western partners on Friday at a meeting at the US Ramstein air base.

Pistorius said the decision ultimately rested with the chancellor, in line with Germany’s law on the export of weapons intended for war, and that “there was no new information yet”.

He added that he expected a decision soon, but in the meantime had “strongly encouraged” partner countries in possession of the tanks to start training Ukrainian forces on how to use them.

Ukraine and the West fear a new Russian offensive in the spring and preparations are underway to thwart the invading forces.

On the potential delivery of tanks to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned: “Such deliveries will not bring anything good to Russian-German relations”.

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