Germany is "shocked" by Poland's accusations of failing to keep its promise on tanks

Leopard 2A7V tank of the German battalion 393
Leopard 2A7V tank of the German battalion 393 "Thüringer Löwen". September 2021
© Photo: Bundeswehr
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: May 25 2022 at 11:18 pm

The German government has rejected allegations by Polish President Andrzej Duda that Berlin had broken its promise to send tanks.

This is stated in the publication Politico.

Recently, the President of Poland accused Berlin that Germany did not send tanks to Warsaw instead of those that Poland sent to Kyiv.

"The federal government is stunned, I would say so ," said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.

Hebestreit denied the allegations, saying the German government had made it clear from the start that it "should see what it can do".

Olaf Scholz and Steffen Hebestraight
Olaf Scholz and Steffen Hebestraight. Photo: German media

The Polish side requested the transfer of the most modern main battle tanks Leopard 2A7 to Poland.

" The problem is that the Bundeswehr itself has only about 50 such tanks ," Hebestreit said.

The German representative also added that although "they are still under development, they are not standing anywhere in the car park or factory site, they must be made."

Steffen Hebestreit said that these circumstances were clearly reported to Warsaw.

It will be recalled that Poland handed over more than two hundred T-72 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.

Tank T-72M1R of Polish modification
Tank T-72M1R of Polish modification with dynamic protection in Ukraine. May 2022. Photo: Buchko Vladimir

In particular, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received Polish T-72M1 and T-72M1R tanks.

Modification of the T-72M1R includes the integration of new surveillance systems (including thermal imaging gunner's sight), the installation of new means of communication, electronic starting system 780-horsepower engine.

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