War weapons control act: Poland ups pressure to send German-made tanks to Ukraine

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Poland said Monday it would seek Berlin's permission to send German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but was prepared to do so without approval as Kyiv presses its allies for heavy weaponry. After days of mounting pressure and stalling, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Sunday said that Germany would not stand in the way if Warsaw asked to send Leopard tanks that Ukraine has demanded. Poland already announced earlier this month that it was ready to deliver 14 Leopard tanks to Kyiv but was waiting for a clear statement from Berlin authorising the transfer. Under Germany's war weapons control act, Poland -- and other purchasing countries -- requires Berlin's approval to hand over the Leopard tanks to Ukraine because they are German-made. The war weapons control act aims to prevent German-made armaments being used in conflict zones against Germany's interests.
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