U.S. may drop opposition to sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO:US troopers stand with Polish and US flags close to M1/A2 Abrams tank exterior a corridor of thirtieth Worldwide Defence Trade Exhibition in Kielce, Poland September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The USA, in a reversal, seems to be dropping its opposition to sending M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine and an announcement might come as quickly as this week, two U.S. officers instructed Reuters on Tuesday.

The officers, talking on situation of anonymity, stated they weren’t conscious of a remaining U.S. determination to ship the Abrams to Ukraine, a transfer that might encourage Germany to observe.

The Pentagon couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.

Such a choice by the US would come simply days after Washington argued in opposition to sending the Abrams, regardless of calls for from Kyiv and public stress from Berlin because it confronted calls to ship German-made Leopard battle tanks.

Ukraine says closely armored Western battle tanks would give its troops extra mobility and safety forward of a brand new Russian offensive that Kyiv expects within the close to future. They might additionally assist Ukraine retake among the territory that has fallen to Russia.

U.S. officers had stated that the Abrams was powerful to take care of, arduous to coach Ukrainians to function, and ran on jet gas — making it a poor alternative for this part of the warfare.

The disclosure concerning the softening U.S. place got here the identical day that Poland stated it had submitted a proper request asking Germany to permit the re-export of its Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrat occasion has been holding again, cautious of strikes that might trigger Moscow to escalate additional.

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