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Germany Denies Giving US Ultimatum on Ukraine Tank Supplies

© Photo : General DynamicsAbrams tank assembly at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
Abrams tank assembly at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.01.2023
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BERLIN, (Sputnik) - German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit denied on Friday that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ever demanded that the US deliver Abrams tanks to Ukraine as a precondition to Germany's own sending of Leopard tanks, as alleged in media reports.
Scholz told US President Joe Biden on Tuesday that Germany would send Ukraine the Leopard tanks only if the US sends its Abrams tanks first, reports German newspaper, citing sources.
"At no time was there such a demand that one thing had to happen so that the other could happen," Hebestreit commented on the report.
The German government's spokesman said its decisions on Ukraine were driven by three key considerations, which are to provide as much support as Berlin can afford, to prevent NATO and Germany from becoming a party to the conflict, and for Germany not to act unilaterally.
Earlier this week, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that the issue of coordinating the supply of German-made tanks to Ukraine by third countries would be decided on Friday at the meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
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Abrams tanks are seen on a flat car in a rail yard, Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Abrams tanks are seen on a flat car in a rail yard, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. - Sputnik International
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Abrams tanks are seen on a flat car in a rail yard, Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

© AP Photo / Michael SohnA Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. - Sputnik International
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A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
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Abrams tanks are seen on a flat car in a rail yard, Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

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A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
The meeting, chaired by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, will discuss the supply of foreign military aid to Ukraine, specifically of modern Western-made tanks, as Ukraine has claimed it expects the intensification of fighting in coming weeks.
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