Poland’s prime minister calls on German government to supply Ukraine with “all kinds” of weapons
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on the German government to provide Ukraine with “all types of weapons”.
Visiting Berlin on Monday, Morawiecki tweeted: “The defeat of #Ukraine could become a prelude to WW3, so today there is no reason to withhold support for Kiev and postpone things indefinitely. I urge the German government to act decisively by providing all. Arms to Ukraine”.
Poland needs German permission to export German-made Panther 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Polish President Andrzej Duda announced during a visit to the Ukrainian city of Lviv last week that “a group of Leopard tanks will be provided as part of the alliance framework.”
Germany would have to grant that permission to Poland, but it would also have to deal with the tricky idea of German main battle tanks in Eastern Europe.
CNN is asking the Polish government for more information.
Lithuania’s foreign minister says some Western countries believe a frozen conflict in Ukraine is better, hampering arms exports
Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, said the only way to end the war in Ukraine was to send weapons, especially tanks, to counter Russian attacks.
“The debate in the West continues to revolve around the end of the war, and there are those who believe that perhaps a frozen conflict would be more appropriate, and that’s something I disagree with … but I think so. The thinking is the main obstacle for some countries to send the weapons that the Ukrainians need,” he told CNN’s Becky Anderson on Monday.
As Russian attacks on civilian areas in Ukraine escalate, Western allies have increased their support for Ukrainian forces with more advanced weaponry. However, Germany received some harsh criticism for its reluctance to send the Panther 2 main battle tanks.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki asked the German government on Monday to provide Ukraine with “all types of weapons”.
Asked if the Germans should do more, Landsbergis agreed. “I agree that there are machines, Germany, France and other Western industrial powers still have weapons that they can supply to Ukraine … Many countries have already bought German-made tanks … They are ready to send tanks to Ukraine. So far, they have not received a green light from Berlin, which I sincerely hope that will change… it will reduce the pressure on Germany,” he added.
“The most horrific events” in Ukraine so far have prompted Europe and other allies to send weapons to Ukraine, starting with spears and sting missiles after the attacks on Kiev and then Himars after the Bucha e atrocities.
“We’re looking at Dnipro, and now the tank debate is finally gaining fuel. I don’t think it’s the right approach, honestly. I don’t think Ukrainian civilians should give their lives to get the weapons they need. I think we need to be very serious about how we see the end of this war. ,” he added.