Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnik has expressed dissatisfaction as Germany has yet to decide whether to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Speaking to CNN’s Isa Soares on Friday, Melnyk called Germany’s indecision a “disappointment” and said the move would be followed by other countries after first praising the UK for advancing on its Challenger 2 tank pledge. He added that he hopes it will be a catalyst.
The UK “was the first country to deliver a Challenger 2 main battle tank, which may be a trigger for others, but unfortunately not for Germany yet.”
Germany has so far been a major Western threat to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine despite mounting pressure from NATO and Kyiv to step up military aid ahead of a potential Russian spring offensive. We have not been able to reach an agreement with our allies.
Germany’s new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius told reporters as a bystander at a key defense conference at Germany’s Ramstein air base on Friday that no decision had yet been made on sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine. said.
Melnyk further expressed Ukrainian disappointment over the German announcement, while remaining hopeful that Germany could consider Ukrainian concerns and still decide to send Leopard tanks.
“The German government has not taken the important decision to not only allow other countries with German tanks, such as Poland, Finland, Spain and Greece, to do the same, but to strengthen and create this It is the World Federation of Tanks that will help the Ukrainian army drive out the Russians and launch a counterattack to liberate the occupied territories.”
“We are disappointed but no decision has been made yet and we hope that the Berlin government will take seriously all the concerns we heard in Ramstein (on Friday),” Melnik added. .
“331 days after the brutal war Russia has been waging against Ukraine, they are still inventorying the Bundeswehr (Army of the Federal Republic of Germany) and industry inventories to check if they have Sending anything to Ukraine is ridiculous.”