Germany has not acquired a request from Poland or some other nation for permission to switch the German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a authorities spokesman stated Monday.
“To this hour we’ve not acquired a request,“ Steffen Hebestreit informed a information convention. “And in the event that they ask, then there’s a sure process. I can not let you know whether or not that may take a number of days or a number of months.“
He promised that any software could be “processed with the required pace that’s required, however in fact additionally with the required thoroughness that such procedures demand.”
Poland is considered one of 13 European nations with German Leopard 2 tanks in its stock, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank.
It has provided to ship them to Ukraine and is making an attempt to persuade different nations to do the identical, however Germany’s permission is usually required to re-export them.
On Sunday, the Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckic stated that Europe was “losing time” on the discussions.
Nonetheless Hebestreit defended Berlin in opposition to such accusations.
“Possibly it is good to weigh and think about plenty of issues earlier than you go recklessly right into a step that you just bitterly remorse later,“ he stated, including that different nations, akin to Spain, even have qualms concerning the potential tank switch.