The Polish government has officially sought permission from Germany to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 battle tanks, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced Tuesday on Twitter. He also called on Germany’s government to “join the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks.”
Within hours, German media were reporting that Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government was planning on sending its own Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
In recent days Poland’s government had repeatedly made clear that it was determined to reinforce Ukraine with the tanks it urgently needs — with or without Germany’s permission.
Polish officials had been left deeply disappointed by the outcome of the meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group at the US’s Ramstein Air Base on Friday. Germany’s…