23 Jan 2023

German foreign minister will not stop Poland sending tanks that it made to Ukraine

International Editor

Germany’s foreign minister says she wouldn’t ‘stand in the way’ of Poland sending Ukraine advanced German-made tanks, which the Ukrainians believe will give them the upper hand against Russia on the battlefield.

Berlin must give the green light for other countries to export the Leopard 2, something it had been unwilling to do until now for fear of escalating the conflict.

The shift comes amid growing pressure from western allies, like Poland, who are keen to see the tanks deployed.