Poland said on Thursday it would either seek permission to transfer German-made tanks to Ukraine, “or do the right thing ourselves.”
Transfers of Leopard 2 tanks usually require a permit from Berlin, as they are manufactured in Germany.
When asked about Germany’s delay in permitting the transfer, Morawiecki said Poland had provided Ukraine with 14 tanks.
“At the same time, we must ensure that others meet these needs. said in a video interview on the way back from
“We will continue to work hard and continue to press the Chancellery and Germany to respond to our proposals as soon as possible.”
New Defense Minister: Morawiecki was also asked if he expects change after Boris Pistorius, who has called for the easing of sanctions against Russia, becomes Germany’s defense minister.
“This is very worrying. I don’t know much about Germany’s new defense minister. What I know gives me some anxiety,” Morawiecki said.
But Pistorius should be given “a few days” to see “how his first steps go,” Morawiecki added.
We agreed to hand over the tanks together.” “Consent is secondary. Either you get this consent or you do the right thing yourself.”
“The most important thing is that the Germans, Danes, Finns, French and other nations provide modern tanks and heavy equipment as soon as possible,” Morawiecki said. All of Europe may depend on it. “
“Encourage and inspire others”: Poland has already sent 250 tanks to Ukraine, Morawiecki told CNN’s Richard Quest on Wednesday alongside the International Economic Forum.
“We were the first company to offer the Leopard tank, and we are now encouraging and inspiring others, especially Germans, to take their place,” he said.
“Well, Leopard tanks are the next round of support for Ukraine. A very important point is whether Germany will eventually, finally, provide some heavy artillery, especially heavy tanks and modern tanks,” he said. Morawiecki said.
“And this is the big question: 14 tanks in 250 is not a game-changer, but if France, especially Germany, and some other countries provide 20 to 30 tanks each, it will make a difference for Ukraine. It may bring,” he added.
Some context: There is increasing pressure on Western allies to provide Ukraine with heavy tanks.
France, Poland and Britain have promised to soon send tanks that the Ukrainian army will use to defend itself against Russia. Finland is considering following suit.
Germany has said it would move infantry fighting vehicles to Kyiv, but has yet to commit to sending tanks. It claims that there is
The Western allies are scheduled to meet tomorrow at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany to discuss further military aid to Kyiv.