Germany’s new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius to visit Ukraine soon amidst heated debate over supply of Leopard 2 tanks
After recently being sworn in as the Defense Minister of Germany, Boris Pistorius expressed his intention to visit Ukraine in the upcoming four weeks in a statement to Bild am Sonntag newspaper. His visit follows heated debates in Germany regarding the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to the East European country.
Pistorius mentioned that a consensus between the Western allies will be formed before making a decision regarding Leopard 2 tanks available to Germany. The indecision has sparked pressure on Berlin from its Western allies, frustration in Kyiv and displeasure among the green and liberal partners of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who have called it a “failure” of Germany.
Meanwhile, a media outlet reported that the German defense ministry has had a compiled list of the Leopard 2s and their availability which can be supplied to Kyiv since May 2020. The list determined that the German army has 312 armored vehicles of this model, out of which 19 correspond to the 2A2 model and are available for shipment without compromising the capability of their army.
Pistorius expressed his commitment to review Leopard 2 stocks before reaching a decision and promised to be in close dialogue with their international partners, especially the United States.