Germany has come under furious attack after it was accused of being “terrified of upsetting Vladimir Putin” in the row over sending game-changing Leopard II tanks to Ukraine to use in the war against Russia.
There are around 2,000 Leopard II tanks in armies across a dozen NATO armies, meaning they are ready to be sent to and used in Ukraine as soon as possible.
But a furious row erupted after Germany – led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz – dragged its feet and refused to give the go-ahead for fellow allies to send the German-made vehicles to Kyiv.
Last week, Poland joined several NATO allies in committing to donate a number of their own Leopard II tanks to Ukraine, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggesting the country could bypass Germany and send them anyway.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has now received a huge boost after Germany said it would “not stand in the way” of Poland sending tanks.
But Germany has been savaged for dragging its feet over the matter with Colonel Richard Kemp, a retired British Army officer who served for nearly 30 years, telling Express.co.uk: “Germany’s reaction to helping supply Ukraine with tanks, weapons and other heavy artillery has been very disappointing.”
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