On January 25, Germany made the long-awaited decision to provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks and announced the first of 14 aid packages units of technology. This event attracted the attention of the world's largest media.
Channel 24 collected the reaction of the world media to the decision of the government of Olaf Scholz to provide Ukraine with Leopard tanks. Read more about how the world press evaluates Berlin's step.
Last step in defense policy review – Bloomberg
The American publication Bloomberg calls the decision of the Olaf Scholz government the last step in a radical review of German defense policy. The media notes that before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Berlin did not allow the delivery of its weapons to conflict zones. This led to the decline of the German army. That is, having decided on tanks, the chancellor's government also took the step of stimulating the improvement of the combat capability of its own army.
Decisions under pressure – Financial Times
British publicationFinancial Times writes that the decision on Berlin accepted tanks under pressure from Ukraine and a number of members of the European Union, in particular Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
The media notes that fearing an escalation and a direct clash between NATO and Russia, Olaf Scholz stated that take this step himself”, therefore, the UK announced the provision of its tanks and, in the future, the United States may,
The penultimate element for the spring counter-offensive – BBC
The BBC publication notes not only Scholz's fears, but and the Germans in general to provide tanks to Ukraine because of the threat of a direct clash between NATO and Russia. However, after lengthy discussions, Berlin made a positive decision for Kyiv.
The media also draws attention to the fact that the types of weapons that the West provides to Ukraine have recently undergone significant changes. However, Ukraine needs all these weapons in order to launch a counteroffensive at the front.
If the Ukrainian troops can be trained and delivered in time, they can become key elements of any spring offensive. The missing element for offensive operations remains the air force, the newspaper notes. /h2>
US editionThe New York Times calls the decision to provide tanks to Ukraine a test for Olaf Scholz and his government, because German and European leaders began to focus on the fact that delaying the provision of Leopard to Ukraine, Berlin is not only losing its leadership in Europe, but also hinders partners in providing assistance to Ukraine.
The publication explained the position of waiting on the part of Scholz with the traumatic experience of World War II, after which most Germans are still pacifists in their views, and Berlin does not want to take a leading position on military issues.
Some politicians from the Scholz coalition argued that Germany should take the lead in creating a consortium in which the transfer of Leopards to Ukraine would be distributed throughout Europe, easing the burden for individual countries. – the newspaper notes.
Now, as the media notes, the only question is how many tanks European countries can transfer to Ukraine.
Berlin lifted Western taboo, Reuters
British publicationReuters calls Germany's decision on tanks abolition the taboo of the West on providing Ukraine with offensive rather than defensive weapons. In addition, Berlin's decision opens the way for military assistance to Ukraine from its allies, who also want to transfer German-made tanks to our state.
Difficult , but the right decision – Associated Press
The American edition The Associated Press, citing the head of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy Ekkehard Brose, notes that the decision was difficult for Germany, because “German and Russian tanks will again collide on the battlefield” in Ukraine, which is a kind of trigger, because the German people still feel guilty for the Second World War.
However, for all the complexity of this decision for Berlin, its end result is called correct.