Poland hopes Germany will replace tanks given to Ukraine

Andrzej Duda, who is attending the World Economic Forum, was asked on Tuesday about the possible delivery of German tanks to Poland in order to fill the shortfall caused by the transfer of Polish tanks to Ukraine. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland provided a huge number of tanks to Ukraine, as it was our duty to help in this way, Polish president said in Davos, Switzerland.

Andrzej Duda, who is attending the World Economic Forum, was asked on Tuesday about the possible delivery of German tanks to Poland in order to fill the shortfall caused by the transfer of Polish tanks to Ukraine.

"In the first instance I expect Germany to help Ukraine. Today Ukraine needs help first and foremost. We donated tanks to Ukraine, indeed in very large numbers," he said and added that this reduced Poland's defence potential.

"We are counting on the support of the community, which is NATO, and we are counting on the support of the USA, and also of Germany," the president emphasised.

He noted that the majority of Polish armoured forces tanks are now German Leopard 2 tanks. "If we were supported by our allies from Germany with a number of tanks to replace the ones we gave to Ukraine, we would be very grateful. We were given such a promise, but we have heard that Germany does not want to fulfill this promise. This is a big disappointment for us," he said.