Stoltenberg and Pistorious hope to find a solution soon for sending tanks to Ukraine


Germany has started talks with other allies to coordinate the possible shipment of Leopard tanks and Pistorious has assured that his government will make a decision quickly if consensus is reached.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and German Defense Minister Boris Pistorious held a meeting on Tuesday that focused on the shipment of weapons to Ukraine. After the meeting, the NATO Secretary expressed confidence that a decision on sending tanks to Ukraine would be taken soon and urged allies to accelerate the delivery of heavy and more advanced weapons.

For his part, Germany’s defense minister has said his government will make a quick decision on the tanks if a consensus is reached with the allied countries with which it has started talks. And he has assured that Germany will not stand in the way of other countries training Ukrainian troops as those talks continue.

Sources at the German ministry have assured news agencies that Poland has already formally applied for approval to export 14 Leopard 2A4 tanks to Ukraine. A few days ago, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki assured that if this approval is not approved, he will look for “an international coalition of countries to agree on the delivery”.

During the meeting with Pistorious, Stoltenberg pressured the government of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to allow other countries to send their German-made tanks to Ukraine, since military procurement rules require Germany to approve any re-exports. But Scholz’s Social Democratic party has so far held back, worried about sudden moves that could further escalate Moscow.

NATO’s Secretary General has stated that we are “at a critical moment in the war. We need to provide Ukraine with heavier and more advanced systems, and we need to do it faster.” In this sense, he has assured that “allied consultations will continue and I am confident that we will soon reach a solution”.

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Source: EITB


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