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All countries pumping Kiev with weapons responsible for this — Kremlin spokesman

Earlier, Poland decided to supply as many as 14 tanks to Ukraine

MOSCOW, January 23. /TASS/. All states supplying Kiev with weapons are responsible for this, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday in comments on EU discussions on the possibility of supplying German tanks to Ukraine.

"This whole legal balancing act that we see now, and the exchange of statements between European capital cities… European capitals, including Warsaw, are now threatening Berlin with international exclusion and much more. All this suggests that anxiety among the members of the alliance is increasing all the time, keeps growing. But here, of course, all the countries that are directly or indirectly involved in pumping weapons and in raising the technological sophistication of Ukraine, they are all responsible for this in one way or another," the Kremlin spokesman said.

"The main thing, however, is that the Ukrainian people will have to pay for all these actions, for all this pseudo-support," the spokesman stressed.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday that Germany is coordinating with allies on the supply of tanks to Ukraine. On Friday, defense ministers from some 50 countries met at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to discuss further assistance to Kiev. Germany’s defense chief Boris Pistorius told the Phoenix TV channel that no decision on Leopard 2 supplies to Kiev had been made. He also said that there was no unified coalition interested in supplying Leopard tanks to Ukraine. However, he did not rule out that such a decision could be made in the next few days.

Earlier, Poland decided to supply as many as 14 tanks to Ukraine. The country’s authorities said they intended to formally propose to Germany to agree to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but in case of its refusal, they would all still transfer tanks to Kiev within the framework of a small coalition of nations. The Polish foreign ministry also said that Germany could find itself in international isolation if it refused to supply the tanks.