Ukraine LIVE: Huge breakthrough for Zelensky as Germany gives green light to Leopard tanks | World | News

The US will reluctantly send its battle tanks to Ukraine if Germany continues to stall, a senior US general predicted last night.

It follows the summit in Ramstein, Germany, on Friday in which Germany and the US both failed to follow the UK’s lead in pledging tanks for the war with Russia.

Germany’s hesitancy is hugely damaging because export licence rules mean that at least 15 other nations willing to deploy German-made Leopard 2 tanks – including Poland and Finland – cannot do so without Berlin’s say-so.

Speaking last night retired Lt Gen Stephen Twitty, deputy commander of United States European Command until last year, said: “There are 2,000 German-made Leopard tanks across Europe. The hope in Washington was that providing these would result in a more simplified logistics chain. It hasn’t happened.

“But I can tell you that the Pentagon is continuing to look into the feasibility of deploying Abrams seriously. They want to do the right thing.”

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