Germany will send German-made tanks to Ukraine so long as the United States agrees to do likewise, says government source, APA reports citing Reuters.
Ukraine has pleaded for modern Western weapons, especially heavy battle tanks.
Berlin has veto power over any decision to export its Leopard tanks, fielded by NATO-allied armies across Europe and seen by defence experts as the most suitable for Ukraine.
Several times in recent days, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has stressed, behind closed doors, the condition that U.S. tanks should also be sent to Ukraine, the German government source said on condition of anonymity.
Germany's new Defence Minister Boris Pistorius will host U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday.