Germany is under considerable pressure to supply tanks in the Russia-Ukraine war. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said, ‘We cannot yet say when a decision will be made and what the decision will be. This question has arisen after talking about the Leopard tank.’
Ukraine wants German-made Leopard-2 tanks. Several allies have echoed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in saying that Germany’s tanks are essential in a war with a far more powerful neighbor than Ukraine.
Yesterday Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Ringkevics tweeted a joint statement by the foreign ministers of the three Baltic states. There they called on Germany to ‘provide Leopard tanks to Ukraine now’. “This is needed to stop Russian aggression, help Ukraine and quickly restore peace in Europe,” Rinkevics said in a tweet. As a major power in Europe, Germany has a special responsibility in this regard.