Andrzej Duba, the Polish President has accused Berlin to breaking an agreement to replace tanks Warsaw sent from Kiev.
Germany has failed to supply Poland with battle tanks after Warsaw depleted its own stocks to send heavy equipment to Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper on Tuesday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Poland is home to “weakened”Its own military capabilities by using its stocks to supply Kiev “a large number of tanks,”Duda added that Warsaw was expecting support from NATO and Berlin, in particular.
Most of Poland’s tanks are German-made Leopards, the president explained, adding that Berlin earlier promised to replace military hardware delivered to Ukraine.
Germany promised that it would deliver the tanks. This promise was not fulfilled. We are extremely disappointed.Duda spoke to the newspaper. Berlin, he said to Duda, was not doing enough for Ukraine.
Germany should first aid Ukraine. Ukraine needs this help urgently,”He added that Poland provided heavy equipment for other countries because they were unable to fulfill such promises.
He did not specify how many Polish tanks were sent to Ukraine or when they occurred. Berlin has so far not commented on Duda’s accusations.
Since Russia’s military attack in February, Ukraine has been in conflict with Moscow and has asked for Western military assistance, especially heavy weapons. Although the Western nations have provided Ukraine small arms and antitank weaponry and antiaircraft weaponry as well as fuel and munitions, it has been reluctant to provide heavy equipment, such as tanks or planes.
Berlin had previously made several swap agreements with Eastern European countries in order to supply weapons to Ukraine. Germany and Slovenia reached an agreement in April to swap Soviet-made battle tanks for those sent by Slovenia to Kiev.
Germany made another swap with the Czech Republic last week. Prague will receive 15 Leopard 2 tanks (from German stock) in return for the delivery of tank units to Ukraine.
Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols were created to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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