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Poland to send Germany official request for tanks transfer to Ukraine

Jan 23, 2023

Poland intends to send Germany an official request for the transfer of German Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine.

This was stated by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Reuters reports.

"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," Morawiecki told reporters.

According to him, the condition for Poland at the moment is "to build at least a small coalition of countries”.

The Polish prime minister also noted the need for pressure on Germany on this issue. "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 (sending tanks) but will finally hand over heavy equipment, modern equipment to help Ukraine," Morawiecki said.

As a reminder, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that Germany would not mind if Poland sends its German-made Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine.

Earlier, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Muliarchyk said that his country had not yet officially applied to Germany regarding the transfer of the tanks to Ukraine. According to him, the request "will be submitted when Poland creates a certain coalition of countries”.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 23/01/2022

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