Berlin suggested that Warsaw might not need the tanks it wants.
Andrzej duda, Polish President, accused Berlin of not supplying Ukraine with the replacement tanks Warsaw delivered. The German government has reacted to this criticism. Steffen Hebenstreit, the government spokesperson told journalists Wednesday that Germany might need to take a while to build heavy equipment Poland wants from Berlin.
Duda stated Tuesday to Die Welt, a German news agency, that Berlin has failed to quickly replenish Polish stockpiles after Warsaw “weakened”Its own military capabilities by sending “a large number”Ukraine. Warsaw stated that most Polish tanks were German-made, and that Berlin was expected to intervene.
“The federal government is perplexed,” Hebestreit said, responding to the Polish president’s comments. Berlin “taken note” of Duda’s criticism “but that does not make it right,”He concluded.
Warsaw requested the most recent Leopard 2A7 tank. Hebestreit stated that Germany only has a small number of the heavy equipment pieces and it will take some time to make more.
Another similar deal was also mentioned by the official with Eastern European countries. He said that Germany sent some new Leopard 2 tanks to its partner countries to replace the equipment headed for Ukraine. Germany also promised not to provide the latest Leopard 2A7 models.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baubock spoke to Zbigniew Rau, Polish Foreign Minister on Tuesday. Both ministers discussed the best way to resolve all of the issues. “uncertainties”Together, she stated after the meeting.
Berlin can’t just deliver military equipment to Ukraine and elsewhere. “at the push of a button or with a snap of the fingers,”Baerbock said, adding that first the equipment has to be “made available, repaired or ordered.”
Rau stated at that time, “He is a good man.” “took note”Added that Baerbock provided him with several reasons Berlin couldn’t fulfill its promise right away, despite the German declaration. While acknowledging that Germany was the dominant power, the minister did not deny it. “to solve the issue.”
Berlin had previously made several swap agreements with Eastern European countries in order to supply weapons to Ukraine. Germany and Slovenia reached a settlement in late April that would see Berlin replace the Soviet-made battle tank Slovenia had sent to Kiev.
Germany made another swap with Czechia last week. Prague will receive 15 Leopard 2 tanks out of German stock in return for the delivery of tank units to Ukraine.