Shmyhal's optimism about German tanks turned out to be exaggerated
The German media write that the likelihood that the Armed Forces will switch to Leopard 2 or at least Leopard 1 is very low.
Just two days ago, the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal at a meeting with the Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz discussed the paths along which Germany could put To Kiev Tanks Leopard 2. As a result of the negotiations, the head of the Ukrainian government said that he could not disclose "all agreements and all details of the conversation"but assured that optimistic with regard to what tanks will be delivered to Kyiv.
And today the edition of Die Welt reports that the probability of deliveries of modern German tanks Leopard 2 Ukrainian army is low. Moreover, the German media refers to sources in Ukrainian government circles.
"Despite the optimism of Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal after his visit to Germany, the likelihood of deliveries of Leopard 2 tanks or at least Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine is unlikely. Sources say that Chancellor Scholz remained on the issue of tanks in his position. The conversation was general and vague, the chancellor has "no desire at all" to change his position on the issue of supplying tanks", the publication says.
Die Welt notes that in this way it can be concluded that while USA will not start supplying tanks to Ukraine, Germany won't do it either. Moreover, the publication writes that for the same reasons, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not receive BMP Marder.
And here it is worth remembering that at the end of August, communicating with the inhabitants of Magdeburg, Scholz statedthat in matters of support for Ukraine Germany will always focus on the allies.
"We will see what can be delivered with our industry, but we will never go alone, but will always be guided by what our allies are doing.", - he said.
The German newspaper recalls that back in April the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann offered to sell to Ukraine 100 Leopard 2A7 tanks for 1,55 billion euros. True, the first cars would begin to arrive at the front in 3 of the year after signing the contract. However, the matter did not progress further than statements. The same thing happened at the beginning of the war, when the German defense companies were ready to transfer tanks to Kyiv, however in Berlin did not respond to the readiness of companies.
In June Spain was going to send 40 new Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, but the government took this step without consulting Berlin, which caused a huge stir and Spain had to apologize to Germany.
Already this Thursday September 8 in Germany a new meeting will take place Ramsteinn. But as German journalists write, and there breakthrough in the supply of tanks Ukraine is not expected.
It turns out that during a meeting with the Ukrainian prime minister, Scholz expressed his "clear" position regarding tanks in such a veiled way that reassured Denis Shmyhal. Or the difficulties of translation played a cruel joke with him, As practice has shown, this also happens. Although, another option is also possible, which will still give Germany the green light to supply Leopard 2, but more about it will be known later.
Previously, we wrote that Olaf Scholz confirmed that is in close contact with Vladimir Putin и not going to refuse interaction.
We also said that deputies from the ruling party of Germany insist on a ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks with Russia, and public opinion in Austria and official Vienna are beginning to lean towards the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions.
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