Germany is planning to deliver Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine by the end of March, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced Thursday.
''We will deliver our Leopards – at the latest by the end of march,'' Pistorius told reporters at a news conference during a visit to a German armed forces training camp in Altengrabow.
This is not too late," Pistorius added.
On Wednesday, Germany confirmed it will deliver 14 Leopard 2 tanks from its own Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) stock to Kyiv, following weeks of diplomatic pressure on Berlin.
When asked by a reporter on Thursday why it had taken Germany so long to announce the deliveries of the tanks, Pistorius justified Germany taking its time.
''We did not hesitate – we negotiated with our allies – we talked to our partners and friends about what is the best thing to do now and that takes time," he said.
''It is not a decision just to order something on the website – or to send something to anybody – it is a matter of war, it is a matter of trust, and it is a matter of alliance," Pistorius added.