Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal requested that Germany give Ukraine Leopard 2 tanks, but German Chancellor Olaf Scholz turned him down. According to Ukrainian News Agency, this was reported by the German edition of Welt.
Shmyhal asked Scholz to provide tanks, but Scholz declined
According to the journal, which obtained its information from Ukrainian government circles, Scholz turned down Shmyhal’s request for the delivery of extra heavy weapons, specifically the German industry’s most recent Leopard 2 tanks.
A proposal by the German machine-building firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) dated April 8 for the direct supply of 100 Leopard 2A7 tanks to Ukraine, along with spare parts and army training units, costing EUR 1.55 billion, served as the basis for this.
36 months following the signing of the deal, the first tanks could be delivered.
However, according to Welt, who cited a source, Scholz did not make such a commitment; instead, their discussions remained “generic and non-transparent.”
According to reports, the chancellor “exhibited no willingness to alter his unfavorable position on tank delivery.”
The Scholz administration confirmed that Germany would continue to help Ukraine’s military, political, financial, and humanitarian plans in response to the publication’s request.
The press secretary continued, “We ask that you understand that we typically do not report confidential discussions.
According to a meeting on September 4 with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as Ukrainian News Agency has previously reported, Shmyhal stated that Ukraine should get the most recent German IRIS-T air defense systems this fall.
German heavy weapons were delivered to Ukraine on July 26 in the form of PzH 2000 howitzers and Mars II multiple launch rocket systems.
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