Poland to Ask For German Permission to Send Leopards to Ukraine but to Hand Over Tanks in Any Case - Poland's Prime Minister

Monday, 23 January 2023

Poland will officially ask Germany for permission to send its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine but it will transfer the tanks as part of the "small coalition" even without Germany's approval.

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of Poland, said that the formal request for consent, which will be sent to Berlin, is a "secondary theme," as TVN24 reports. He added that the "glimmer of hope" for Germany's agreement in this matter was the recent statement of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"Pressure makes sense, because this weekend, the foreign minister of Germany sent a slightly different message that gives a glimmer of hope that not only Germany will not block but will finally hand over heavy equipment, modern equipment to help Ukraine," he said.

"They have more than 350 active Leopards and about 200 in storage. They can really help Ukraine, which is struggling today. This struggle also means the struggle for security, for peace in Europe," he added.

When asked whether Poland has already requested Germany's permission, he replied: "We will ask for such permission, but this is an issue of secondary importance."

"We will ask for such permission, but this is an issue of secondary importance. Even if we did not get this approval ... we would still transfer our tanks together with others to Ukraine. The condition for us at the moment is to build at least a small coalition of countries," he said.

The day before, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius called for patience in the matter of Leopard 2 tanks delivery to Ukraine.

As reported, German Foreign Ministry said that Berlin will not object if Poland sends German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

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