Leopard tanks for Ukraine: Which country will deliver them first? – Technology Org

A number of countries are slowly starting talks about the possibility of transferring Leopard tanks to Ukraine.

Leopard 2 A7V tank.  Image credit: Bundeswehr

Leopard 2 A7V tank. Image credit: Bundeswehr

For now, none of the European states wants to undertake this initiative alone. For example, according to The Wall Street Journal, Poland is considering the transfer of its Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine. But to proceed with this preliminary plan, they want to receive permission from Berlin.

On January 7, the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki also noted that before the decision to send tanks to Ukraine is made, there are some conditions that need to be fulfilled.

Poland is currently waiting for new tanks from the US and South Korea, and Polish tanks will not be sent to Ukraine before the replacement is received.

Mateusz Morawiecki also said that negotiations are currently underway on creating a wider coalition of countries with its primary purpose of supplying the Ukrainian Armed Forces with tanks.

In Switzerland, the representative of the defense committee, Antti Hakkanen said the country is ready to hand over Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine as soon as “Europe starts giving tanks to Ukraine.”

Finland is more cautious about its own security, as this country has a direct border with the Russian Federation. With this in mind, Finland made it clear that if their tanks will be transferred to Ukraine, the number of units will not be large.

According to some unofficial reports, a very similar position is taken by Denmark. This country has approximately 44 units of Leopard vehicles in its armed forces, but their transfer could be considered only in joint participation with other European allies.

And apparently, Germany remains the country that needs to give permission to transfer these heavy military vehicles to Ukraine. However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is not willing to take responsibility in this regard: he says Leopards will go to Ukraine only after the USA decides to supply its own tanks.

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