Germany does not rule out sending tanks to Ukraine – Vice Chancellor – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union


According to a government spokesperson, no such plan is currently on the cards

Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that Berlin cannot rule out the possibility of sending German main tanks to Kiev in the event of a conflict with Moscow. His statement came after two senior officials made similar comments.

Last week, Germany announced that it had delivered 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles and a US-made Patriot air defense battery to Kiev. But Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government has come under pressure from politicians in Ukraine and other EU countries to include Leopard tanks in military aid programs.

In an interview with ARD1 on Sunday, Habek suggested that Berlin might succumb to the pressure.

“We are still monitoring the situation. [in Ukraine]; we coordinate with other countries. Other decisions will be made in this corridor. This means: no, of course, it cannot be denied.” – said the green politician, when asked about the possibility of sending heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Habek described the decision to deliver the Marders to the Zelenskyi government “Good” and “long term”. Germany has already delivered a wide variety of weapons to Ukraine since the conflict began last February “This dynamic will continue” as long as the conflict continues, said the vice-chancellor.

Fellow Green Party member and Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt supported Habek, telling local media that Germany should not stop on its promise to send infantry to Ukraine. “We have to deliver everything we can. This includes Leopard tanks,” he said. Goering-Eckardt said. Bundestag Vice President and FDP member Wolfgang Kubicki expressed a similar position, Deutsche Welle reported on Monday.

However, there seems to be no consensus among the ruling groups in Berlin on the delivery of 70-ton tanks to Kiev. German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Monday “Now there is no intention to deliver Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.”

Hebestreit also said he was not aware of other NATO members planning to deliver German-made tanks to Ukraine, adding that any country interested in doing so would have to obtain a license from Berlin. .

Moscow has denounced the supply of arms to Kiev by Western countries, including Germany, saying it would only prolong the war and increase the risk of direct conflict between Russia and NATO.

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