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Scholz defended his approach to supplying tanks to Ukraine

Jan 25, 2023

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has defended his approach to the planned deliveries of Leopard tanks to Ukraine while answering questions from MPs in the Bundestag.

This was stated in the publication of the publication Spiegel.

"It was right and is right that we did not allow ourselves to drift," Scholz said.

Coordination with international allies on this issue was important, he said.

"Close cooperation and coordination is a principle," he said.

Scholz responded to criticism from the CDU/CSU opposition bloc that the government acted too indecisively. "If we had followed your advice, it would have been a threat to Germany's security. It would have been a terrible mistake to pursue this issue on our own," the German chancellor said.

Scholz also explained that the Ukrainian military should be trained in Germany to operate the Leopard-2. He noted that he had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and exchanged views with him regarding support for Ukraine.

According to Scholz, Germany will continue to do "what is necessary and possible to support Ukraine.

Author - Olena Madiak, 25/01/2023

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