Status: 01/24/2023 11:36 AM
Poland wants to deliver German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. The federal government should now have an official export request. If this was not approved, then the government in Warsaw would probably be willing to hand over battle tanks anyway.
Poland has officially submitted a request to the Federal Government to be able to deliver Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak explained on Twitter that Germany had “already received our request”:
He also called on the government in Berlin to join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. “This is our common cause because it concerns the security of the whole of Europe,” the minister said.
Poland asks Germany for permission to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine
Sarah Frohoff, ARD Berlin, Daily News at 12:00 p.m., January 24, 2023
If necessary, Poland will act without permission
Poland is pressing its allies on this matter. The week before last, President Andrzej Duda said that Warsaw had decided to give Ukraine 14 Leopard tanks. In order to supply tanks made in Germany to other countries, the approval of the federal government is already required.
It was Monday Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that he would ask Germany for consent. If Poland does not eventually get approval from Germany, Morawiecki said, they want to work within a mini-alliance. And then “they will transfer the tanks to Ukraine with the others.”
It was German Foreign Minister Analina Berbock announced Sunday eveningGermany will not prevent any possible export of Leopard tanks from other countries to Ukraine. “At the moment, the question has not been asked, but if we are asked, we will not stand in the way,” she told French TV channel LCI at the time. In doing so, she answered the question of what would happen if Poland delivered Leopard tanks to Ukraine.