Germany Refuses to Allow Exports of German-Made Tanks to Ukraine

Senior German officials have said that until the United States agrees to supply American-built Abrams tanks, Germany will not permit its allies to send Leopard tanks made in Germany to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia. Poland, Finland, and Denmark are a few European nations that have said they would be willing to send the Leopard tanks to Ukraine with Berlin’s agreement, but they have yet to make a formal request.

Colin Kahl, the Pentagon’s Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, has stated that the U.S. still needs to prepare to give Ukraine the Abrams tanks due to their complexity, expense, and difficulties in maintaining them.

Currently in Berlin for a meeting with his German counterpart, Boris Pistorius, to address the situation, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin The export of Western-made tanks to Ukraine would mark a significant escalation in Western support for Kyiv and has been a point of concern for Berlin as it could lead to confrontation with Russia.

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