The people of Ukraine would suffer if the West sent tanks to support Kyiv.
The Kremlin warned the West on Monday that the people of Ukraine would suffer if they sent tanks to support Kyiv. The statement also read that whether German-made Leopard tanks would be transferred to Ukraine remained unresolved.
The US and its allies failed in their attempt last week during negotiations in Germany to persuade Berlin to give Ukraine access to its Leopard combat tanks, which is a crucial demand from Kyiv as it attempts to regain momentum in its conflict with Russian forces.
Berlin stated that if a consensus were found, it would act rapidly to permit allies to transfer Leopards from their arsenals to Ukraine. However, even that lacked clarity.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “The main thing is that the Ukrainian people will pay the price for all this pseudo-support.”
On Monday, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his country could send Leopard tanks to Ukraine as part of a coalition of countries even without Germany’s permission. While Earlier on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stated that Germany would not stand in the way if Poland sent its German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Peskov further said that European disagreements over whether to send tanks to Kyiv demonstrated “nervousness” within the NATO military alliance. He also added that pumping Ukraine with weapons has its consequences, reported by Reuters.