Polish PM urges Germany to send needed weapons to Ukraine

BERLIN (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday urged Germany to send Ukraine all the weapons it needs to defend against invading Russia, including tanks.

Mateusz Morawiecki implicitly criticized German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s reluctance to send heavier weapons, as he delivered a speech for former Conservative Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble’s 50th anniversary in Germany’s parliament.

“I call for decisive action on the part of the German government,” he said, to the applause of German MPs, mostly conservatives.

“The battle for freedom and our future is raging right now… Tanks should not be left in warehouses, but placed in their hands.”

Finland, for their part, added additional pressure on Germany. Its defense minister, Mikko Savola, said Finland’s donation of Leopard tanks to Ukraine would depend on Germany, with the export of the German-made equipment requiring permission from Berlin.

(Report Thomas Escritt and Anne Kauranen; French version Kate Entringer, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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