Biden changes position and leans towards sending "an important number" of Abrams tanks to Ukraine

The Biden Administration is now inclined to send a significant number of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine and the announcement of their delivery could take place this week, official sources have indicated to the newspaper. The Wall Street Journal.

The announcement will be part of a diplomatic understanding with Germany in which Berlin would agree to send fewer of its Leopard 2 tanks and would also approve the delivery of German-made tanks by Poland and other countries. This new position would resolve the trans-Atlantic disagreement that has occurred over tanks. and that it has threatened to open fissures in the Western bloc now that one year has passed since the outbreak of the war.

The US change of position comes after a call that took place on January 17 between President Biden and the German Chancellor Olaf Schölz in which Biden promised to find a way to provide the Abrams tanks despite the judgment against the Pentagon. A senior German official has told the aforementioned US media that the issue has been the subject of intense negotiations between Washington and Berlin for more than a week and now it seems that it is on the way to being resolved.

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From the White House they have not wanted to make statementsalthough the agency Reuters also points to this possibility after receiving the same information as the newspaper The Wall Street Journal which has been leaked by two US officials. In the Pentagon, as in the White House, he has not wanted to make statements either.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Monday that any decision regarding arms shipments must be taken “in close consensus with our allies,” both European and United States.

Michael McCaulthe Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said this weekend that sending a symbolic number of Abrams tanks to kyiv would be “enough” to urge his partners, “especially Germany”, to unblock the situation and that They will also supply their own tanks.

Ukraine has indicated on several occasions that it needs Western tanks because that would give their troops greater mobility and protection against the next Russian offensive, which kyiv considers to be imminent. These armored cars would also help the Ukrainian Forces to retake some of the territories that have fallen into Russian hands.

US officials say Abrams tanks are difficult to maintain and that Ukrainians are hard to train to drive and use. Also, these armored cars use jet fuel, so from the Pentagon they consider that it is not a good option for this phase of the war.

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