Morawiecki: Poland waiting for creation of broad coalition to hand over Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Morawiecki: Poland waiting for creation of broad coalition to hand over Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Poland is waiting for the creation of a broad coalition of countries to hand over modern heavy weapons to Ukraine. Warsaw does not intend to hand over another batch of tanks to Kyiv independently.

Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki said this at a joint press conference with Minister of National Defense of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak in Warsaw on Saturday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

As the Prime Minister of Poland noted, he and President Andrzej Duda are involved in negotiations on "the creation of a broad coalition of states that should hand over heavy modern weapons to Ukraine."

"At the moment, I can only say this. The president is also involved, negotiations are ongoing. I spoke about this with German Chancellor Scholz a few weeks ago in Brussels. I think that we will know a little more about this matter in the next few days," Morawiecki emphasized.

He added that Poland does not intend to transfer another batch of its tanks to Ukraine independently.

"Without a broader coalition, we do not intend to hand over these tanks," the PM of Poland emphasized.

As a reminder, The Wall Street Journal, with reference to representatives of the Polish authorities, reported that Poland was considering the possibility of supplying Ukraine with its own German-made Leopard tanks after receiving replacements from South Korea and the USA.

The Polish Armed Forces have more than 240 Leopard 2 tanks in service.

As reported, Poland purchased 366 Abrams tanks from the USA: 250 new ones and 116 tanks that were already in service. Warsaw has already received 28 new Abrams tanks under the contract.

In addition, Poland signed an agreement with South Korea for the purchase of about a thousand K2 tanks last year. At the beginning of December last year, Poland received the first 10 tanks of this type.

After the start of Russia's full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine, Warsaw handed over approximately 300 T-72, PT-91 tanks to Kyiv.


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