The cry about Berlin is deafening and comes from the highest European positions so that Olaf Scholz, head of the German government, gives in to his blockade of the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to
These are the weapons that Kiev is
for in order to attack the Russian troops occupying its southeastern territory.
outperform Russian heavy tanks
and are among the most effective in the world.
Half of Europe is already considering sending these tanks to Ukraine, but those governments
need permission from Berlin
because the tanks are German-made.
Scholz's ears must be ringing.
In recent days, directly or indirectly, the request has come from the European "chancellor" Josep Borrell, the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
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Its chancellor, environmentalist Annalena Baerbock, said Sunday night in an interview on French public television that if Poland made the request officially, Berlin would approve it.
It was going much further than what his boss Scholz had said a few hours before, who in a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron from Paris
had given evasive answers.
He is also in favor of sending the tanks to the third partner of the German government, the liberal party.
Leopard 2 tanks during military exercises in Poland.
This Monday the pressure on Scholz increased one more degree.
Taking German Chancellor Baerbock to speak, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: "
We are going to ask for permission
, but that is a secondary issue."
Morawiecki was referring to the fact that Poland will still
send Leopard 2s
into its arsenals regardless of what Germany says, even though that would be
violating the sales contract
for the tanks.
Morawiecki, who is the head of the European government that has most insistently asked to send these tanks, said on Monday: "If Germany does not join this coalition - that of the countries that will send the tanks - we are
going to move our tanks to Ukraine
by all means.
forms, together with other countries”.
Ukrainians in Brussels demand that the tanks be sent to their country.
On Friday, at a summit at the US Ramstein base in Germany, the German announcement of sending the tanks was expected, but Berlin resisted.
Now it is expected for Tuesday morning, when the new German Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, receives NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg in Berlin.
The meeting, announced Monday by the Atlantic Alliance press service, was not on Stoltenberg's agenda.
Moscow's "nuclear" response
Moscow responded with the same threat it has responded to every Western arms shipment to Ukraine since it launched its attack on Ukraine.
The Russian government warned again that "the delivery of offensive weapons to Ukraine
will lead to a world catastrophe
According to the Reuters agency on Monday, the president of the Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament), Viatcheslav Volodin, said that "the arguments according to which the nuclear powers have not used weapons of mass destruction before in local conflicts does not make sense". .
According to Volodin, "those States did not face a situation where the security of their citizens and the territorial integrity of the country were threatened."
Russia considers Crimea and four provinces in southeastern Ukraine to
be its own
even though it seized them by force.
Volodin also said: "If Washington and the NATO countries hand over weapons that will be used to attack civilian locations and try to conquer our territories, as they threaten to do, that will provoke retaliation
using the most powerful weapons
Zelenskyy urges Ukrainians to stick together
Germany's reluctance to tanks is due to its history and its politics