The EU said that Germany will not block the transfer of Leopard 2 to Ukraine by EU countries

Vitaly Sayenko20:33, 23.01.23

Germany will not prevent other countries from sending tanks if they choose to do so.

Germany will not block the possibility of sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine by other EU member states .

As UNIAN correspondent reports, this was announced by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell at a briefing following the results of the EU Council meeting at the level of foreign ministers of the member states.

The high representative of the EU cited the words of German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock that “Germany does not prevent other countries from doing this.

“Other countries that wish to export Leopard tanks can do so. Germany does not block the export of Leopard tanks,” Borrell said.

According to him, today at the Council of the EU there was an exchange of views on this matter, but the coordination work takes place within the framework of the meetings of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine (the so-called “Ramstein”).

Borrell said that the topic of tanks is important, but it is necessary to take into account all the commitments made at the last Ramstein meeting to increase military support for Ukraine through many other means.

“What I heard after all the discussions, it seems that Germany is not going to ban the export of these weapons (tanks – UNIAN) if some EU member states that have them want to send them (to Ukraine),” the head of European diplomacy added .

(C)UNIAN 2023


  1. “We have already received British Challengers, which were once said to be impossible. We have already received French tanks – still light ones. We hear that France is considering the provision of Leclerc tanks. I have no doubt that the Leopard will reach us. We are in the final stage,” the minister believes.

    The head of Ukrainian diplomacy emphasized that the problem with “Leopards” is not unique: the issue of supplying all types of German weapons was “problematic” at a certain stage.

    “At first they categorically refused to provide weapons, then we gnawed out their howitzers, then we gnawed out air defense systems, Marder. Well, that’s the country. There are specifics, you need to take them into account,” says Kuleba.

    The head of the Foreign Ministry expressed the opinion that for Berlin it would be an “ideal” option when Ukraine receives “Leopards” from third countries, but not from Germany.

    “We will work with everyone who is ready to give at least one tank so that it becomes a reality as soon as possible,” said Kuleba.

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