Requests from Ukraine to transfer modern German-made Leopard 2A7 tanks to it were left unanswered by the German authorities. =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has not agreed to supply Ukraine with the latest Leopard 2 tanks, Die Welt writes, citing sources in the Ukrainian government. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal asked for additional support during his visit to Berlin.

The machine-building concern Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH (KMW) took the initiative to make the delivery. The manufacturer offered to supply Ukraine with 100 Leopard 2A7 tanks, including spare parts and training modules for a total of €1.55 billion. However, it was only about deliveries as they were manufactured, and therefore the first vehicles had to be ready for transfer only after 36 months after the signing of the contract, and it was planned to transfer the entire batch within 65 months. The chancellor did not commit himself to deliveries, and Die Welt characterizes Scholz's conversation with Shmyhal about supporting Ukraine as vague and vague.

Now, in addition to the direct transfer of military equipment and equipment, Germany is supporting Kyiv with the help of exchange schemes for Soviet equipment supplied to Ukraine from Eastern European countries for modern German equipment for these states. According to this scheme, Soviet T-72 tanks go to Ukraine from Poland. Warsaw has already transferred more than 200 such vehicles to Kyiv in exchange for guarantees from the FRG to supply new military equipment. However, as Spiegel wrote, the exchange negotiations dragged on: the parties did not agree on the number of new tanks supplied to Poland. “Most of our tank arsenal in the Polish armed forces consists of German Leopard tanks. Therefore, if Germany supported us, if we received a replacement in the form of a circular exchange, we would be very happy, — said Polish President Andrzej Duda and complained that “they [the Germans] did not fulfill this promise.”

In late April, the lower house of the German parliament supported a document calling on the government to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. Scholz replied that Germany would not supply Western-made battle tanks to Kyiv until the United States and other allies did so.

In the summer, the FRG began deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine, for example, the PzH 2000 self-propelled guns and Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, but modern Western-made tanks have not yet entered service with Ukraine.

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