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At Davos, Finland’s foreign minister has said he was hopeful a decision would be made to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine and his country was ready to participate in deliveries.

“We are currently in intensive discussions on what more we can do as the European Union, Nordic countries to help Ukraine,” Pekka Haavisto said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Reuters reports. “The discussion is ongoing about the Leopard tanks. I hope this decision will be made real and Finland definitely is ready to play its part in that support.”

Germany’s allies have ramped up the pressure on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to allow the supply of German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine ahead of a crunch defence ministers meeting on Friday.

Germany’s defence minister Christine Lambrecht quits yesterday after a series of blunders, with he critics saying she was not up to job of getting German army into shape against backdrop of Ukraine war. A replacement is expected to be rapidly appointed by Scholz, with Boris Pistorius, interior minister of Lower Saxony, being touted as a likely candidate in the media.

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