WASHINGTON, January 20./TASS/. US authorities advise Ukraine not to launch a major offensive until Kiev receives previously promised weapons supplies and until training for the Ukrainian military has been provided, Reuters reported on Friday referring to a senior Biden administration official.
In addition, the official stressed that "the United States was holding fast to its decision not to provide Abrams tanks to Ukraine at this time, amid a controversy with Germany over tanks," it said. He also stressed that "the United States does not plan at this juncture to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine because they are costly and difficult to maintain," Reuters said.
According to the Pentagon, since the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, the United States has allocated over $24.2 billion in military assistance to Kiev. On January 6, Washington announced that it would allocate Kiev another package of military assistance worth over $3 billion. In particular, the package will include tracked Bradley fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers. Previously, Germany announced that it intended to transfer to Ukraine Marder infantry fighting vehicles, while France was going to send AMX-10RC wheeled tanks.
Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said on Wednesday, citing its own sources, that the country’s Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, had said in a phone call with US President Joe Biden that Berlin would agree to authorize Leopard-2 tank supplies to Kiev only if Washington sent Abrams tanks to Ukraine. On Friday, a representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers denied this information, noting that the government had no information about any official requests for the re-export of German tanks to Ukraine.