Pistorius wants to prepare possible main battle tank delivery
The new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius wants to prepare a possible delivery of German battle tanks to Ukraine. “In order to be well prepared for possible decisions, I instructed my house on Friday to check everything so that we don’t lose time unnecessarily if the worst comes to the worst,” said the SPD politician to “Bild am Sonntag” in response to a question after the upcoming decision. “We are in very close dialogue on this issue with our international partners, above all with the USA.”
The chair of the Defense Committee in the Bundestag, Strack-Zimmermann, told Tagesschau24 on Saturday that she assumed that the Ministry of Defense knew how many operational Leopard 2 tanks Germany had. “So it’s not just about which ones are operational, but which ones can be relocated immediately. That is also a question of logistics.” Strack-Zimmermann said that this should be discussed on Monday between Pistorius, the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr and the industry, so that a decision can then be made as quickly as possible. The Ministry of Defense did not want to comment on this when asked by the German Press Agency.