Russia warns of “global catastrophe” if Ukraine receives weapons from the West

Two Leopard 2 A6 heavy battle tanks and a Puma infantry fighting vehicle of the Bundeswehr’s 9th Panzer Training Regiment take part in the Bundeswehr military training ground in Münster, Germany, on February 7. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Berlin says it will soon make a decision on supplying Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as Western leaders pressure Germany to send the advanced weaponry, following repeated requests from President Volodymyr Zelensky.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said a decision on the delivery of the tanks would be made in due course, saying he believed they were necessary for the Ukrainian offensive in the eastern Luhansk and Donbass regions.

“Everyone understands his need [el presidente de Ucrania, Volodymyr Zelensky] And everyone understands the requirements, so whatever it is, a decision will be made soon,” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said.

“Tanks are needed, an offensive movement is needed for Donbass, for Luhansk, that is absolutely clear, but you have to see how it will be fitted, but there are other states that can make their contributions,” he said. Sunday to public radio station ARD.

While describing Germany as a “leopard country”, Pistorius said it had a “special responsibility that we have to fulfill”, and stressed the importance of a decision on Leopard tanks to be “closely coordinated” with allies.

“We are talking about heavy weapons that can and will be used for offensive purposes, and we have to weigh very carefully when to include them in the equation, and I think the right thing to do in the German and European countries is to do it cautiously and carefully. Not out of curiosity and haste or recklessly,” Pistorius added.

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According to German law, weapons of war produced in the country cannot be re-exported without the approval of the central government.

Under the “War Arms Control Act,” the German government must consent to the delivery of German-made weapons to a war zone.

A little context: Germany has not reached an agreement with its key Western allies to send Panther 2 tanks to Ukraine, despite pressure from NATO and Kiev to increase its military aid ahead of an offensive by Russia in the spring.

Some Kyiv officials have expressed frustration over Berlin’s lack of commitment to sending its tanks to Ukraine.

Andriy Melnyk, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister, told CNN’s Isa Soares that Germany’s inaction “is a great disappointment to all Ukrainians.”

CNN’s Mohammad Tawfiq contributed to this report.

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