(Reuters) – Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania on Saturday issued a joint appeal for Germany to strengthen its leadership and deliver its main battle tanks to Kyiv, increasing pressure on Berlin to increase its aid to Ukraine, at war with Russia.
“We, the Foreign Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, call on Germany to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine now,” the Estonian Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter.
“This is necessary to end Russian aggression, help Ukraine and quickly restore peace in Europe. Germany, as Europe’s leading power, has a special responsibility in this regard,” the ministry continued.
The joint statement by the Baltic countries, all members of NATO, comes as no agreement on the supply of German Leopard tanks to Ukraine could be reached on Friday in Ramstein, where the ministers of Defense of Kyiv Allies.
Germany’s new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said on Saturday he planned to visit Ukraine “soon” and that Berlin was in “close talks” with the United States and other international partners on the issue of chariots.
Britain, for its part, said on Sunday that London still wanted an international agreement to supply Ukraine with German tanks.
“Of course I would like to see the Ukrainians equipped with machines like the Leopard 2 as well as artillery systems like the ones we and others have provided,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Sky. News.
(Report Lidia Kelly in Melbourne, with William Schomberg in London; French version Claude Chendjou)