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Germany acting in coordination with allies on tank supplies to Kiev — Scholz

German Chancellor promised that support for Ukraine will continue as long as necessary

PARIS, January 22. /TASS/. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday his country is acting in coordination with the allies on issues of combat tank supplies to Ukrainee.

"Our two countries are doing much to support Ukraine from th financial and humanitarian point of view, and also [supply] weapons," he said at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris when asked about possible supplies of tanks to Ukraine.

"We have been expanding our supplies of effective and available weapons. And we have been closely coordinating these decisions with our major allies and friends, for instance with France, the United States and other leading European countries," he said.

"And as we did in the past, when we discussed the concrete situation will all of our friends and allies, we will act in the future," Scholz noted, promising that support for Ukraine will continue as long as necessary.

"That is why this principle, which has been helping us in recent time, will continue to be important in the future. We are acting only in close coordination with each other," he stressed.

According to the German chancellor, his country has departed from its decades-long rule not to export weapons to conflict-gripped regions. "We have changed that for a valid reason <…> and we will continue to do it, we have a firm accord on this matter," he added.

The Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said on Wednesday, citing its sources, that during a phone call with US President Joe Biden Scholz said that Germany would agree to supply Kiev with Leopard 2 tanks only if the United States supplies its Abrams tanks. A German government speaker refuted these reports on Friday, saying that the government had no data on any official requests for reexport of German 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.