Berlin to decide on Leopard tank delivery to Ukraine “very soon,” defense ministry says

Inke Kappeler and Claudia

Germany will “very soon” decide whether to allow delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Tuesday.

“We are preparing our decision and it will come very soon,“ Pistorius said during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday.

If the decision is taken to send the tanks, Germany will be able to “act very soon,” added Pistorius.

He defended Germany from criticism for holding off on sending the tanks, saying they are not the only ones weighing up the decision.

There are some partners who are still evaluating, this is a process,” he explained.

Germany would not stand in the way if other nations started training Ukrainian soldiers on Leopard tanks, he added.

“We don’t stand in the way of starting the training right away, but we can’t do that until we’ve made a decision about how to handle the Leopard delivery,” Pistorius said.

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