As Ukraine and its allies prepare for a potential escalation in fighting in the spring, the debate over sending battle tanks to back Kyiv’s military and potentially retake territory has become a flashpoint among NATO allies. US and European officials have bridled at Scholz’s slow decision-making, saying the German leader should be more assertive, following through his promised “Zeitenwende,” or historic turning point on security.
Scholz has insisted that Germany should not act alone in sending new categories of heavy weapons that could provoke an escalation with Moscow. He’s placed a premium on moving in lockstep with the US and NATO.
“We never go alone,” Scholz said in an interview last week with Bloomberg.
There are estimates Rheinmetall could send as many as 139 Leopard Type 1 and 2 tanks to Ukraine via various swap agreements over the next several months. By that time, there is a risk available inventory will be fully exhausted.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top