Germany did not want to act alone in question transfer of tanks to Ukraine, so Berlin was waiting for signals and the creation of a coalition together with partners.
This was stated by Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, it is reported ua.news.
After announcing the decision to provide tanks to Ukraine, Scholz spoke in the German parliament.
“It would be a very serious mistake to make a unilateral decision, it is important to work together with others. It is important to spend time to achieve coordination,” he explained.
At the same time, the chancellor assured that his country will support Ukraine with weapons for as long as possible, but added that it is important to avoid escalation.
“We have a war in Europe, not far from here. One thing must be clear: we will do everything necessary and possible to support Ukraine, but at the same time we want to make sure that there will be no escalation of the war between RAxis and NATO,” he emphasized.
Scholz said he “had to break what Germany had been doing for decades”, hinting that German tanks would fight on the battlefield in Europe for the first time since World War II. He also reassured German citizens worried about a possible escalation.
“Please trust us, trust the government, we will continue our work at the international level. We have made support possible without increasing risks in the wrong direction,” the chancellor said.
The publication reminded that at this stage the European allies are discussing the joint transfer to Ukraine of 80 Leopard 2 main battle tanks to form two battalions of 40 vehicles each.