Poland expects European allies to send up to 100 modern German Leopard tanks as military aid to Ukraine. This was stated by Bloomberg Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki on the sidelines of the economic forum in Davos.
Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that the country would transfer to Ukraine a company of modern German Leopards – about 14 tanks. However, Poland cannot make such a decision without the approval of Germany, the country of the Leopard tank manufacturer.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday he was in talks with allies about possible Leopard deliveries to Ukraine, but warned that any announcements would need to be negotiated.
“I spoke to Olaf [Шольцем] weeks ago and tried to convince him to do more,” Morawiecki told Bloomberg TV in Davos. “We have reserved our 14 Leopard tanks and are now also waiting for Leopards from Denmark, Finland and Germany, as well as tanks from other EU countries.”
Germany is under strong political pressure from NATO and EU allies, as it has not yet officially been able to agree on the supply of Leopard to Ukraine. Against this backdrop, Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht resigned. She has previously spoken out against Germany providing tanks to Kyiv before other allies do. Boris Pistorio became the new head of the Ministry of Defense.
The German government may soon unlock dozens of Leopard tanks for Ukraine. Such tanks are in service with twelve EU countries, including Spain, Poland, Greece, Denmark and Finland.
Chancellor Scholz feared that the Kremlin would see this as an escalation of the conflict. However, the German authorities still decided to take such a step, Bloomberg wrote, citing two officials familiar with government discussions. According to them, Berlin will announce this on January 20 at a meeting of Kyiv’s allies at the Ramstein base.
The UK will also contribute by sending 12 of its Challenger 2 main battle tanks, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office has already announced this. The Challenger 2 was the first modern tank that a NATO country agreed to provide to Ukraine.
In addition, the French authorities will supply the APU AMX-10 RC. It is considered a heavy armored car or light tank, designed to deal with enemy armored vehicles.