Poland formally requests Germany's permission to send tanks to Ukraine
Updated 19:01, 24-Jan-2023

Poland has officially requested permission from Germany to transfer its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Tuesday.

Later, a German government source told Reuters that Germany has received Poland's request to re-export Leopard tanks to Ukraine.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Chancellor Olaf Scholz is talking to allies about sending Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine and could give the green light to ship them in the next few days, Bloomberg reported earlier on Tuesday.

Ukraine wants the German-made Leopard 2, one of the most widely used Western tanks, to help it break through Russian lines and recapture territory this year.

Germany, whose approval is required for re-exports of the Leopard, has held back, wary of prompting Moscow to escalate the conflict.

(With input from Reuters)

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