According to reports from several US media, the USA now wants to deliver Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine. This was reported by the "New York Times", citing insiders. According to the newspaper, there could be official confirmation as early as this Wednesday. It could be 30 to 50 tanks, the newspaper wrote.
The Wall Street Journal previously reported that a US announcement about the commitment of "a larger number" of M1 Abrams could come later this week. According to this, US President Joe Biden is said to have promised Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a telephone call last week to have such a delivery checked. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon officially confirmed the reports.
Shortly before, it had become known from coalition circles that the federal government, after weeks of back and forth, would deliver German Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine and also want to allow the alliance partners to do the same. The Chancellery has not yet commented on this. Recently there had been reports that Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had made the delivery of the Abrams tanks a condition. Berlin and Washington had rejected these reports. The USA had previously emphasized that it did not consider the provision of the Abrams tank to be sensible for practical reasons.