"Leopard coalition": UK to join Poland, Baltic states to persuade Germany to hand over tanks to Ukraine
The UK defense secretary, Ben Wallace, will join counterparts from Poland and the Baltic countries in Estonia to mount a final attempt to put pressure on Germany to authorize sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine
The Guardian reported this.
The meeting of the "Leopard coalition" will take place between the countries that will transfer or wish to send Western tanks to Kyiv. It comes a day before a group of about 50 defense ministers will meet in Ramstein to discuss future arms shipments to Ukraine.
According to the publication, the purpose of the meeting on Thursday will be to "encourage the Germans" if Berlin does not make any decision before that.
As a reminder, Poland is ready to provide Ukraine with 14 Leopard tanks and hopes that other NATO countries will follow its example and manage to assemble at least an armored brigade.
Germany may make a decision on the transfer of Leopards to Ukraine already this week.
Finland stated that it can transfer tanks to Ukraine if other countries do it first and a corresponding project of assistance to Ukraine is launched at the European level. On January 17, the country confirmed its readiness to participate in a coalition of states that will transfer tanks to Ukraine.