The leaders of Poland and Lithuania mentioned they’re optimistic that Germany will authorize the export of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, as enterprise tycoons and policymakers got here collectively for the annual World Financial Discussion board Monday.
“If we nonetheless ship a variety of army tools for the defenders of Ukraine, innovative army tools, they nonetheless have this potential to cease Russians,” Polish President Andrzej Duda mentioned Tuesday throughout a panel session in Davos, Switzerland.
His feedback got here after Poland introduced final week that it plans to ship Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine. The nation has known as on the German authorities to provide “all types of weapons” to Kyiv, because it wants permission from Germany to export German-manufactured Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Duda mentioned he hopes “there are a couple of companions, a couple of allies, who will give tanks to Ukraine,” when requested about his expectations as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has additionally attended the summit in Davos.
“We hope that producer of the tanks Germany may also take part on this, for my part, excellent concept. I used to be requested by Volodymyr Zelensky for that army help few occasions, he mentioned to me Andrzej we’d like trendy tanks as a result of it’s the one technique to cease the Russian invasion now,” Duda added.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda mentioned that “somebody has to take this management, to take the choice in an effort to help Ukraine,” when requested about divisions throughout the alliance.
“I strongly consider that Chancellor Scholz will resolve on this and I used to be a witness of an important break level or turning level within the considering or mentality of Germany,” he added.
Some context: Quite a few international locations within the Western alliance have pledged to quickly send tanks for the Ukrainian army to make use of in its efforts to defend in opposition to Russia’s invasion.
France, Poland and the UK for the primary time answered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s longstanding name to provide trendy battle tanks to Kyiv.
Nonetheless, Scholz insisted that any such plan would must be totally coordinated with the entire of the Western alliance, together with america.
Scholz is scheduled to make an deal with on the World Financial Discussion board Wednesday.