Germany has not received a request from Poland or any other country for permission to transfer German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, a government spokesman said Monday.
“At this time, we have not received a request,” Steffen Hebestreit told a press conference. And if they ask for it, there is a certain procedure. I can’t tell you if it will take a few days or several months. .“
He promised that any request would be “dealt with with the necessary speed that is required, but of course also with the necessary thoroughness that such procedures require”.
Poland is one of 13 European countries with German Leopard 2 tanks in its inventory, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank.
He has offered to send them to Ukraine and is trying to convince other countries to do the same, but permission from Germany is usually required to re-export them.
On Sunday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckic said Europe was “wasting time” in talks.
However Hebestreit defended Berlin against such charges.
“Maybe it’s good to weigh and consider a lot of things before you recklessly embark on a step that you will bitterly regret later,” he said, adding that other countries, like the Spain, also have qualms about the potential transfer of tanks.