The Biden administration is geared to sending significant numbers of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, and the announcement of deliveries could come this week, US officials said. It would not be the handful of tanks that were talked about last week to force Berlin to send Leopards.
The announcement would be part of a broader diplomatic understanding with Germany, in which Berlin would agree to send fewer Leopard 2 tanks and approve the delivery of more German-made tanks by Poland and other nations. Doing so would settle a transatlantic disagreement over tanks that has threatened to open rifts as the war drags on towards the end of its first year.
The deal would resolve a rift between the United States and the Germans and other Europeans over supplying tanks to Ukraine during a crucial phase of the war. Kiev is preparing a counter-offensive to try to retake Ukrainian territory and Russia is mobilizing troops for its own operations.
The U.S. shift follows a January 17 phone call between President Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in which Biden agreed to consider supplying Abrams tanks against Pentagon advice. A senior German official said the matter had been the subject of intense negotiations between Washington and Berlin for more than a week and appeared to be on the way to resolution.
Military officials have publicly argued in the past that Abrams tanks require a significant amount of training and logistical support and are therefore not suitable for this time in the conflict. Evidently international politics, and above all German-American relations, have overcome this problem, but a series of significant problems will still remain from an operational and logistical point of view. Also, if the tanks are already being delivered to Ukraine, who will train the crews? Or have these already been trained without anyone knowing?
This comes less than a week after a controversial meeting at the German base of Ramstein, during which the United States and its allies failed to convince Germany to allow other nations to send German-made tanks, highlighting the first serious rift in the alliance that supported Kiev. At this point, Germany seems obliged to at least give way to Poland and other countries that want to send their Leopards to Ukraine.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/clamoroso-gli-usa-decidono-di-mandare-i-carri-abrams-in-ucraina/ on Tue, 24 Jan 2023 15:54:59 +0000.