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Germany advises allies on Leopard tanks — RT World News

Potential donors can train Ukrainian troops while waiting for consent from Berlin to deliver vehicles, minister suggests

Germany’s new defense minister said countries with Leopard 2 main battle tanks should start training Ukrainian troops in their operation, although Berlin has yet to decide whether to send its own to kyiv.

“We Arrest Nobody” wishing to prepare the tanks for the transfer, stressed Boris Pistorius during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin on Tuesday.

The minister explained that Berlin was considering its own fleet of Leopard 2s, but it is “not just a matter of counting the tanks, we know how many we have… We have to look at the potential of the industry, the stocks they have and, of course, the compatibility” of different models and spare parts.

Stoltenberg welcomed the remarks, expressing confidence that “We will find a solution soon” and reiterating the urgency of arming Ukraine.

“We need to deliver heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine and we need to do it faster,” said the NATO chief. However, he defended Germany against criticism regarding his delay in handing over the tanks.

Stoltenberg hailed Berlin’s role as a major provider of military assistance to Kyiv, saying that “German weapons save lives in Ukraine every day.” He also said that other defense systems promised by Germany and other donors would be a “huge additional contribution to Ukraine’s combat capabilities.”

Some NATO members, including Poland, have criticized Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government for its reluctance to allow the transfer of German-made battle tanks to Ukraine. Warsaw has indicated it is ready to send its tanks without Berlin’s consent, but Pistorius and Stoltenberg have insisted the dispute is not a sign of disunity in the US-led alliance.

NATO members have armed Ukraine against Russia for the past 11 months, saying the weapons will help Kyiv reclaim land it lost in the conflict. The Russian government has accused the United States and its allies of prolonging the conflict by preventing Ukraine from signing a truce with Russia.

The Kremlin has repeatedly insisted that Moscow will achieve its goals, as they are essential for its national security, regardless of the aid Ukraine will receive.

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