Speeding up the delivery of Leopard main battle tanks is undoubtedly one of the central themes of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). Upon arrival at this three-day event, the German Defense Minister, Boris Pistorioushad a brief but revealing conversation with the press.
Pistorius assured that they will continue trying to convince the partners to agree to send more weapons to Ukraine. “We do it every day,” he said, later referring to the issue of the Leopards and their delivery date: “The German Leopards will be in the Ukraine no later than the last week of March.”
Some thirty heads of state and government, plus a hundred defense ministers from around the world, are taking part in what is the 59th edition of this conference. Among others, the presence of the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harristhe French president Emmanuel MacronGerman chancellor Olaf ScholzBritish Prime Minister Rishi Sunak or the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, also spoke on the first day of the meeting, in which the war in Ukraine will be discussed, of course, but also other matters that are certainly important, such as the current relationship between the United States and China.
However, the strike called at the airport of the Bavarian capital is planned about the meeting and the organizers have already warned that it may affect the content of the forum due to the expected stoppage of the Munich aerodrome and others in Germany.
China and Russia, always on the table
Indeed, Beijing plays many gangs in view of the summit that will take place until this Sunday: the crisis with the United States over the spy balloons, the internal difficulties related to the bursting of the real estate bubble, the questioned management of the Government in the last The Covid crisis and the slowdown in economic growth inevitably put China in the showcase of this event.
Russia, for its part, is the great absentee to this conference, born during the Cold War with the aim of, precisely, bringing the two blocs closer: Russia and the West.