Pentagon chief says Germany is and will continue to be a reliable ally

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday that Germany was a reliable ally and it would continue to exercise leadership, despite Berlin not yet approving its tanks being transferred to Ukraine.

“They are a reliable ally, they've been that way for a very, very long time and I truly believe that they'll continue to be a reliable ally going forward,” Austin said at the end of a meeting on arming Ukraine.

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During the same press conference, the top US general said he did not think Ukrainian forces could remove all Russian troops from parts of Ukraine that they had taken.

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