A meeting of Ukraine's allies in the Ramstein format was held in Germany, at which the transfer of tanks to our country was discussed . However, the allies did not come to an agreement, in particular because of the position of Germany.
This was stated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell. According to him, the third stage of the war has begun in Ukraine, which is why our country needs weapons to break the Russians.
Borrell said that Ukraine needs weapons to break the Russian front
“There is a discussion about whether to give Ukraine weapons that will allow not only to contain the Russians, but also to fight back, breaking their front. And this is the discussion about tanks that is going on today, and which is gradually, too slowly moving towards a decision on the supply of this weapon,” he said.
Borrell said that Ukraine should be provided with the tanks it needs “to be able not only to deter, but also to repel the offensive of the Russian army.” According to him, this political decision is still being delayed because of Germany.
This is a political decision that has not yet been taken, mainly due to German reluctance. But if an agreement is not reached, the war will continue until next spring, when Russia is likely to try to launch a new offensive, he said.
Germany is blocking a decision to provide Ukraine with tanks
- January 20, a meeting was held in Germany in the Ramstein format, at which Ukraine's allies discussed military support for our state. The key issue of this “Rammstein” was the Leopard 2 tanks.
- German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that the allies had not reached an agreement on tanks.
- Pistorius also denied the claim that Germany “stands in the way” of a “united coalition” of countries in favor of sending tanks to Ukraine.
- In addition, he instructed officials to check Germany's stock of Leopard 2 tanks so that the country could “act quickly” in the event of a “positive decision”.
- Germany was said to expect for the United States to transfer its Abrams tanks to Ukraine, after which Berlin will unblock the supply of Leopard. But Minister Pistorius also denied this information.
- In Germany, Scholz was criticized for being indecisive about tanks. Bundestag MP Marie-Agyness Strack-Zimmermann said that Germany “failed.” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier came to Scholz's defense.
- Ukraine will still receive Leopard 2 tanks, but from Poland. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki even allowed the creation of a coalition to transfer modern tanks to Ukraine without Germany.