Russian President Vladimir Putin assured this Thursday that the United States The “occupying forces” remain in Germany, He said this in response to Germany’s announcement that it had agreed to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, which Kyiv had been demanding for weeks. The US has since announced that it will also send its Abrams main battle tank.
“After World War II, Germany was divided into four zones, as you know: American, British, French and Soviet,” the Russian leader began explaining. “The The Soviet Union has formalized the end of that position. of occupation, and the United States does not. strictly speaking, formally and in a legal sense, american occupation forces They are in the territory of the (German) Federal Republic”.
The Russian president has also pointed out that European political elites often “serve national interests, not their own”. interests of third countries,
“Of course, the time will certainly come when Europe somehow regains its sovereignty,” Putin said.
Shortly before the words of the Russian leader, the German Council of Ministers announced its decision to send 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks to UkraineAlso allow their export to other countries they have.
Russia hasn’t been slow to qualify decision of “Very dangerous” and warned that Western combat vehicles would “burn up on the battlefield.”
14 German Leopards and 31 American Abrams
After the German announcement, US President Joe Biden announced that his country 31 Abrams will send tanks Ukraine, which will be accompanied by the necessary equipment and training for their use.
“Son most capable tank in the world“, Biden said. From Ukraine he has already thanked both the US and German decisions and encouraged the remaining allies to continue sending battle tanks.
Upon learning of Berlin’s decision, Zelensky said, “Ukraine needs more Leopards.”