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Poland’s support for Ukraine will enhance its standing

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Significance

Germany had refused to grant permission to re-export the German-built MBTs at a meeting of Western supporters of Ukraine at the US Ramstein airbase on January 20. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland would go ahead without that permission provided that a "small coalition" of countries joined it.

Impacts

  • Poland’s leadership on this issue and commitment to Ukraine will increase pressure on Berlin to supply offensive weapons.
  • Western countries will avoid isolation when taking a stand against Russia.
  • Without re-export permission, Germany might refuse to supply spare parts.

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