Germany is under increasing pressure from Ukraine and some NATO allies, including Poland, to either send or sign off on transfers by other European countries of German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.
Germany’s new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, said in a weekend television interview that the decision was not one to be made in haste. He added that it was a question of weighing Germany’s own security and fears that it could be seen as a “participant” in the war against supporting Ukraine “with all our might.” Pistorius and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are set to hold a news conference at 3:15 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday after a meeting in Berlin.
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Other countries have offered different tanks, such as Britain, which promised 14 Challenger 2 models earlier this month. But the Leopard 2’s speed and ease of use — as well as the fact that there are a large number of them already in Europe — have made them more attractive to Kyiv. Even older versions of the tank have modern optics, including thermal imaging, that allow them to operate day and night.