Germany is "ready to move quickly" if allies reach a consensus on sending tanks to Ukraine, Germany's Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Friday.
"As far as the delivery of the Leopard is concerned, there is no unanimous opinion," Pistorius told reporters on the sidelines of a high stakes defense meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
He rebuffed claims Germany has been "standing in the way" of a "united coalition" of countries in favor of sending tanks to Ukraine.
"There are good reasons for the delivery and there are good reasons against it. And given the overall situation of a war that has been going on for almost one year now, all the pros and cons have to be weighed very carefully, and that assessment is explicitly shared by many allies," he added.
Pistorius said he had instructed officials to carry out an audit of Germany's stocks of Leopard 2 tanks so the country can "move quickly" in the event of a "positive decision."
The Defense Minister added that the issue of export authorizations was not discussed during Friday's meetings.
Poland has been waiting on the go-ahead to send German-made tanks to Ukraine. On Thursday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that if Poland does not get the green light from Germany, it will "do the right thing ourselves."