Split in NATO on the supply of tanks to Ukraine

  • 21-01-2023, 14:43
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    The New York Times reported that NATO allies disagree over the supply of tanks to Ukraine, indicating an emerging divide in NATO.

    According to the newspaper, analysts see that small cracks appear between the members of the alliance, but they are very large.

    The newspaper continues: “The opinions of NATO members differ on the issues of NATO’s strategy for the next year and support for Ukraine in the next few months, and most of the controversy takes place behind closed doors, but Germany’s unwillingness to provide Leopard 2 tanks has become known to all.

    The newspaper notes that representatives of US President Joe Biden's administration are clearly disturbed by the way their negotiations with their German counterparts have gone this week. But in fact, some in Washington believe that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's real fears lie in the fact that, in his opinion, the world is not ready to see German tanks near the Russian borders, which would be a reminder of the Nazi invasion in World War II, according to the newspaper.

    Western countries, led by the United States, are pressing Berlin to supply Kyiv with Leopard 2 tanks, which causes great fear and hesitation among German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and many politicians to send these tanks to Kyiv, in order to avoid direct confrontation with Russia.

    In addition, the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reported , quoting informed sources, that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is ready to allow the provision of tanks "Leopard-2" to Ukraine, provided that Washington provides Kiev with "Abrams" tanks.