Reporting from Reuters, on Monday, January 23, 2023, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki revealed that his party would seek permission from the German government to be allowed to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Even if Berlin didn't approve it, Poland would still send it.
The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, January 22, 2023 confirmed the news. They emphasized that Berlin would not take sides if Poland insisted on sending Warsaw's Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Earlier, German government deputy spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann insisted that sending 2 German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine without Berlin's approval was a violation of the law. The warning was delivered by Hoffmann on Friday, January 13, 2023, after Poland announced that it would supply Ukraine with dozens of combat vehicles, as well as Finland which is considering such an option.
The issue of supplying Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks has dominated Western discussions about how much and what kind of relief goods should go to Ukraine. Russia's invasion of Ukraine will soon be one year old.
The plan to supply Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine is believed to be part of a spring offensive that will end what has become a friction in eastern and southern Ukraine.
The Russian-Ukrainian war these weeks in January is centered on the eastern city of Bakhmut, where Russian mercenary Wagner and the Ukrainian military are locked in heavy fighting.
Netherlands Willing to Pay for Leopard 2 Tanks
In line with Ukraine, the Netherlands is open to paying for the Leopard 2 tanks to be delivered to Ukraine along with its European and NATO allies, said Dutch defense minister Kajsa Ollongren.
The Netherlands paid early for the delivery of tanks from the Czech Republic to Ukraine and the approach could be similar for the German-made Leopard tanks. This is as reported from the dutchnews.nl page.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said earlier this week he was talking to allies about such a contribution. "We are all waiting to hear what Germany's position is on this, but I recommend trying to find a solution and trying to send tanks to Ukraine," Ollongren said. Several defense ministers, including Ollongren, met Friday in Germany to discuss providing more military assistance.