DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The latest from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland:
Polish President Andrzej Duda predicts that the German government will one day agree to send powerful Leopard tanks to Ukraine, citing Germany’s NATO membership and growing public support for Ukrainians caught in the Russian war zone.
The Polish leader quipped during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday: “We’re not saying that Ukraine will win this war, we’re saying that Ukraine will not lose this war,” before breaking into a smile.
His Lithuanian colleague Gitanas Nauseda quickly replied: “I say that Ukraine will win this war.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded additional supplies of Western weapons, such as tanks and air defense systems, nearly a year into the war.
Duda said it was an “important moment” that NATO members such as Britain had pledged to send modern tanks to Ukraine, which could influence the thinking of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government.
Scholz, speaking in Davos on Wednesday, said Germany would “carefully weigh every step” and consult with its allies about further arms shipments to Ukraine.
Duda also said that German public opinion is getting “stronger and stronger and stronger” in favor of Ukraine, and he hopes this will lead to a “much needed decision” to send Leopards to Ukraine.
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