Germany warns Poland against ‘illegal’ arms shipments to Ukraine — RT World News
Delivering German-made Leopard 2 tanks from Berlin to Ukraine without a green light would be completely illegal, a government representative warned on Friday. Poland has announced that it intends to deliver about a dozen armored vehicles to Ukraine, and Finland is also considering such an option.
“That would be illegal.” Deputy government representative Christian Hoffmann answered the question of whether it is possible to transfer military equipment to Kiev without Germany’s prior permission. “It needs approval from the federal government,” He told reporters in Berlin “These are the rules.”
But Berlin does not believe any country would take such a step without its permission, Hoffman said. “It’s not something we’re worried about or afraid of.” he told the media that he didn’t think so “The Realist Hypothesis.”
A spokesman for the Economy Ministry also told reporters that any such move would require a special re-export permit under German foreign trade law and German arms control law. war.
According to the German government, neither Warsaw nor Helsinki has yet approached Berlin for such approval.
“There’s no problem you can’t say no to” Hoffman explained. He said he was in Berlin “Constantly talking about what to do” with other NATO members. Germany’s main contacts are the US, France and the UK, but it is also in dialogue with Poland and Spain, the spokesman said.
Earlier this week, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced Warsaw’s deployment plan “Leopard tank company” to Ukraine. His comments came days after the country’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said Poland would only do so as part of a one-man effort. “an expanded coalition of states.” He also said that negotiations were held with Germany “In progress.”
Finland also said that it will not go alone in supplying tanks. According to Antti Hakanen, the head of the defense committee of the Finnish parliament, his country would send the Leopard only if such a decision was made at the European level. Still, he said that the Finn would have a share “less” because he must put his defense first.
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