Germany Has Not Made Decision on Leopard 2 for Ukraine

Friday, 9 December 2022

Germany continues negotiations with Washington and other partners regarding tank supply to Ukraine but has not yet made a decision on Leopard 2.

The First Deputy Spokesperson of the Federal Government, Christine Hoffmann, told about it on Friday, reports Ukrinform.

"Everyone knows our principle: we do not want and will not supply tanks individually, but only in cooperation," Hoffmann said and reminded that none of the NATO countries or partners has yet provided battle tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

She noted constant contact between the German and American sides, in particular between the foreign policy advisers, respectively, of the US President and the German Chancellor regarding arms supply to Ukraine.

At the same time, Hoffmann emphasised that US never demanded or even requested to hand over Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine.

"Germany, as a sovereign state, can decide for itself what to supply and what not to supply," she added.

The representative of the German Defense Ministry, Arne Collatz, in his turn added that "negotiations are being conducted on all positions," but nowadays there is no news about Germany's intentions to supply tanks.

As reported, the chairwoman of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, confirmed that the USA would not support to give of Leopard 2 tanks by Germany to Ukraine.

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