In an interview with ARD, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that it was not appropriate to make possible deliveries of German Leopards dependent on deliveries of American Abrams. – You can certainly talk for another six months, but in our country people die every day. If you have Leopard tanks, give them to us, he appealed.
President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview given to the German public media on the eve Defense Support Contact Group meetings Ukraine at the American military base in Ramstein, he strongly criticized the German government.
In an interview with ARD, he stated that making possible deliveries of German Leopards dependent on deliveries of American Abrams is not appropriate. – This is not a rivalry – he replied to a German journalist’s question about the attitude of Chancellor Scholz, who declared to supply German Leopards if the Americans deliver Abrams to Ukraine.
– You are adults. You can certainly talk for the next six months, but in our country people die every day. If you have Leopard tanks, give them to us,” the president appealed. “It’s not like we’re attacking if anyone’s worried about it. These leopards won’t come through Russia. We defend ourselves,” he added.
Meeting in Ramstein
On Friday, defense ministers from dozens of countries met at the US Ramstein Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate to discuss further military support for Ukraine.
The delivery of Western tanks is of key importance. Great Britain already announced it, Poland i Finland they are ready for it. However, Germany has the main role to play, because this country produces Leopard 2 tanks, which Poland and Finland want to transfer to Ukraine.
The German government must approve every transfer of these tanks that 20 countries have at their disposal.
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