Scholz says he spoke with Zelensky before announcing tank plan to parliament

Stephanie Halasz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, speaking in parliament, said he had spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky before coming to parliament.

Scholz is in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, for a question-and-answer session with deputies.

Scholz confirmed that Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine — following weeks of diplomatic pressure to do so — during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, according to a federal government spokesman.

Some context: Germany together with the US and UK had sent the most weapons systems to Ukraine, Scholz added, saying Germany would be at the forefront of support for Ukraine.

All decisions to send weapons systems had been coordinated with allies, he told the parliament.

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