Seems a deal is forming: US sends Abrams, Germany authorizes Leopards to Ukraine.— Alex Ward (@alexbward) January 24, 2023
This is the linkage Scholz wanted — and may have just gotten. https://t.co/VF17f7zvik
The decision has been made: Germany will deliver Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. According to SPIEGEL information, it is about at least one company Leopard 2A6.
Other allies, including from Scandinavia, also want to deliver Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. The German government wants to grant permission to export such tanks that are owned by other states such as Poland.
The "Wall Street Journal" had reported on Tuesday afternoon that in the United States, the delivery of Abrams battle tanks in not inconsiderable numbers is being considered. In France, too, there is the consideration of supplying battle tanks to Ukraine.
The German decision was apparently preceded by intensive consultations over several days with the allies, especially in Washington. Scholz had always emphasized that he wanted to deliver battle tanks only in conjunction with other nations such as the USA.
According to SPIEGEL information, the German Leopard tanks are to come from Bundeswehr stocks. In the medium to long term, further battle tanks from industrial stocks could be prepared for use.