According to the written statement made by German Government Spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit, the political, military and humanitarian situation in Ukraine was discussed at the meeting.
Scholz reaffirmed its solidarity with Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression and stated that Germany will further increase the military foothold for Ukraine in close coordination with European and international partners.
Zelenskiy also thanked Scholz for his decision to allocate Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and for allowing partner countries to supply these tanks to Ukraine from their own stocks.
The two presidents agreed to continue the consultations and keep in close contact.
Germany announced today that it will provide a squadron of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from its own inventory to Ukraine, and that the training of Ukrainian soldiers on Leopard tanks will begin quickly in Germany. .
Leopard tanks produced by Germany are available in EU and NATO countries such as Denmark, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Czechia, Turkey and Hungary.
There are approximately 2,670 Leopard 2 tanks in service with various armies around the world. With a load of approximately 64 tons, Leopard tanks can reach speeds of 70 kilometers per hour and can hit targets up to 5 thousand meters with their 120 millimeter smoothbore gun.
European allies such as Poland and Finland announced that they were ready to send these tanks to Ukraine and were waiting for Berlin’s approval.