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Germany: 'We will have a solution soon' - NATO chief on Leopard tanks after talks with DefMin Pistorius04:06

Germany: 'We will have a solution soon' - NATO chief on Leopard tanks after talks with DefMin Pistorius

Germany, Berlin
January 24, 2023 at 17:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was confident a solution would be found to the delays in sending tanks to Ukraine, after holding talks with the German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, in Berlin on Tuesday.

"We must provide heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine. And we must do it faster. Therefore I welcome our discussions today. We discussed the issue of battle tanks. Consultations among allies will continue and I am confident that we will have a solution soon," said the NATO chief.

Germany has come under increasing pressure to make a decision on sending its own Leopard 2 vehicles - or allow other countries like Poland to send their stocks.

"The discussion about the Leopard tanks, I can tell you there is no new information here, the situation has not changed and we are preparing our decision which will come very soon," stated Pistorius.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin would not 'stand in the way' of others sending Leopard 2 tanks - suggesting a shift in policy - although government officials backtracked the following day, saying no decisions had been taken.

Moscow claims new weapons deliveries from Western countries would only prolong the conflict and wouldn’t change the outcome.

Germany: 'We will have a solution soon' - NATO chief on Leopard tanks after talks with DefMin Pistorius04:06
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was confident a solution would be found to the delays in sending tanks to Ukraine, after holding talks with the German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, in Berlin on Tuesday.

"We must provide heavier and more advanced systems to Ukraine. And we must do it faster. Therefore I welcome our discussions today. We discussed the issue of battle tanks. Consultations among allies will continue and I am confident that we will have a solution soon," said the NATO chief.

Germany has come under increasing pressure to make a decision on sending its own Leopard 2 vehicles - or allow other countries like Poland to send their stocks.

"The discussion about the Leopard tanks, I can tell you there is no new information here, the situation has not changed and we are preparing our decision which will come very soon," stated Pistorius.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin would not 'stand in the way' of others sending Leopard 2 tanks - suggesting a shift in policy - although government officials backtracked the following day, saying no decisions had been taken.

Moscow claims new weapons deliveries from Western countries would only prolong the conflict and wouldn’t change the outcome.