In a recent statement made by the Polish Defence Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland has officially requested Germany to re-export Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. The Leopard 2 is one of the most widely used Western tanks, and Ukraine hopes to use it to break through Russian lines and recapture territory this year.
Germany's approval is required for the re-export of the Leopard, but Berlin has been hesitant to grant it, as it fears that Moscow may escalate the conflict. However, Poland has increased the pressure on Germany to give its approval.
Mariusz Błaszczak stated on Twitter: “The Germans have already received our request for permission to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. I also appeal to the German side to join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. This is our common cause, because the security of the whole of Europe is at stake!”
In response to Poland's request, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has said that Berlin will not stand in Poland's way if they choose to ask for the tanks.
Niemcy otrzymali już nasz wniosek o wyrażenie zgody na przekazanie czołgów Leopard 2 na Ukrainę. Apeluję także do strony niemieckiej o przyłączenie się do koalicji państw wspierających Ukrainę czołgami Leopard 2. To nasza wspólna sprawa, bo chodzi o bezpieczeństwo całej Europy! pic.twitter.com/9oMQihI83Z— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) January 24, 2023