His spokesman said Washington is “in constant communication with Ukraine and other allies and partners regarding what Ukraine needs on the battlefield.”
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer a reporter’s question about Washington’s willingness to supply kyiv with M1 Abrams tanks.
“We are in constant communication with Ukraine and other allies and partners regarding what Ukraine needs on the battlefield,” the spokeswoman said when asked if the Biden Administration is ready to deliver yet.
“But I have no progress, nothing to advance here, no announcement to make at this time, or any new type of security assistance to advance to you today,” he said during a press conference held on January 24.
However, the AP reported on Tuesday, citing US officials, that Washington is about to approve the shipment of the tanks and that the decision could be announced as soon as Wednesday. At the same time, sources note that the supply of just over 30 M1 Abrams could last for months.
On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal indicated that the delivery would form part of “a broader diplomatic understanding with Germany in which Berlin would agree to send a small number of its own Leopard 2 tanks and also approve that Poland and other nations supply more tanks manufactured for Germany”.
According to the media, it is about the shipment of “a significant number” of M1 Abrams, while Sky News indicates that the Joe Biden Administration is willing to send about 10 tanks. In that context, a Sky News Arabia source in the US Department of Defense stated that Ukraine needs 500 tanks to counter “a new round of offensive operations” which, in his words, Russia plans for spring.