Poland May Deploy Tanks Without Consent: DW – 01/23/2023

Poland could send tanks without approval – DW – 01/23/2023

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said Warsaw could send Kyiv Leopard 2 tanks without Germany’s permission. “We will ask for such permission, but this is an issue of secondary importance,” Morawiecki said. “Even if we did not get this approval, we would still transfer our tanks together with others to Ukraine.”
He added that Germany has “more than 350 active Leopards and about 200 in storage.”
German MP Ralf Stegner said Germany’s hesitation on sending battle tanks to Ukraine is not based on an “implicit” refusal and emphasized that the government is taking its time in order for details to be agreed upon in coordination with Germany’s allies.
Poland is willing to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. EU foreign ministers have agreed to another €500 million ($545 million) tranche of military aid for Ukraine. In total, European countries have pledged over €11 billion on weapons for Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff said Ukraine needs “several hundred” tanks to push back Russian forces. German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said Berlin will follow “well-established procedures” in considering requests to supply Kyiv with tanks.
Andrei Medvedev, a former commander of the Wagner mercenary group who fled to Norway, is in no risk of being deported, according to his lawyer.
Moscow has said it is downgrading diplomatic relations with Estonia and ordered its ambassador to leave, with Tallinn responding in kind.
Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service SVR has accused Ukraine of storing Western-supplied arms at nuclear power stations.
Moscow has said no date has been set for talks with the United States on the New START treaty, which aims to limit the number of nuclear warheads in the two countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has promised “powerful steps” to be taken to counter alleged corruption in Kyiv. He said society will receive full information and the state will take necessary steps.