Britain is interested in a bilateral agreement with Ukraine regarding the supply of German-made tank production. James Cleverly (British foreign minister) said that Germany must agree to the transfer on Sunday, 22 January.
The West promised billions of dollars in weapons to Ukraine last week but they couldn’t convince Germany to remove its veto over the supply of Leopard battle tank. These tanks are owned in part by NATO countries, but Berlin would have to supply them to Ukraine.
Defense experts believe that the Leopard tanks are the best option for Ukraine.
Cleverly said in an interview with Sky News, that he would love for the Ukrainians to be equipped with the Leopard 2 as well as artillery systems from the UK or other countries.
“I will continue to have those conversations with NATO allies, our friends, to facilitate the donation of military equipment to Ukraine to help them defend themselves against this horrible invasion.”
Cleverly was asked by Cleverly if Germany had done enough for Ukraine. Cleverly stated that he would love to see everyone go as far as they can, but that each country will support Ukraine in the best way for them.
At a meeting that took place Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called for allies to support Ukraine. Officials stated that no decision was taken on the supply of Leopards but promises were made for large quantities of other arms.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Social Democrat party, has always been skeptical about military involvements in the past. He is also wary of any further escalation in the conflict in Ukraine.
A spokesperson for the Kremlin stated that the West would not supply more tanks to Ukraine and would only worsen the situation for the Ukrainian people.
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