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MADRID, Jan. 20 (.) –
Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski has warned that they are ready to take “unconventional measures” if Germany refuses to deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine, “even if someone is offended.”
“If there is strong resistance we will also be ready to take unconventional measures, even if someone is offended by it, but let’s not get ahead of the facts,” Jablonski told Polish radio station RMF.FM.
Jablonski has advanced that they will work with other countries to try to convince Germany, the manufacturer of this type of tanks and who has the last word by contract on their transfer to other countries, of the suitability of these deliveries to Ukraine while their war continues. with Russia.
“This is what diplomacy is about, that sometimes our partners do not always want to carry out certain actions, if they are subjected to various types of persuasion or pressure, sometimes they can change their mind, it has happened several times already,” he says.
For Jablonski, Berlin’s reluctance to send this type of tank is motivated by a series of “sympathies created with Russian money” and by how Moscow has been “influencing” and “corrupting” the political, industrial and business spheres, as well as public opinion. German public.
“Today these people, of course, will not openly say that they support Russia. There are many people who are very ashamed of it, but in reality they act in such a way as not to harm Russia too much,” Jablonski speculated.
“It’s hard for me to understand it too. When it comes to arguments for not handing over weapons, from the beginning, from the moment the Russian invasion took place, we have dealt with arguments that were difficult to understand,” he said.
Poland’s words are added to those of the rest of the European partners who have been pressing Germany to allow them to deliver part of their Leopard tanks, as set out in the contracts they signed with Berlin, which is reluctant due to fears of an escalation of tensions that lead to a global conflict.
Faced with this thesis, Jablonski assures that the only thing that feeds the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is the “weakness” of his opponents and advocates “hard force” as the only mechanism to stop him.
The last to criticize Germany for this has been the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, taking advantage of his speech at the Davos Forum. “They are grown people. They can talk like this for another six months, but people die in our country every day. Can they deliver the Leopards or not?” he questioned.