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Bundestag rejects proposal to supply Taurus missiles to Ukraine

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Author: Liliana Oleniak

Bundestag rejects proposal to supply Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, according to Die Welt.

The proposal, submitted by the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, which explicitly mentioned the German weapons system, did not receive a majority of votes.

Only 182 deputies voted in favor, 480 voted against and 5 abstained.

Earlier it was reported that today the Bundestag would consider two proposals to transfer long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine, which are capable of destroying targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers.

Taurus for Ukraine

Since last year, Ukraine has been calling on Germany to start supplying long-range Taurus missiles. However, Berlin has so far refused to make such deliveries.

According to media reports, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is against it. He is worried that the missiles could be used to strike at Russian territory.

Earlier it became known that due to Scholz's position on this issue, political pressure was growing on him.

At the same time, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius stated that the supply of ATACMS by the United States to Ukraine would not automatically mean that Berlin would unblock the issue of the Taurus transfer.

Recently, the German CDU/CSU party submitted a draft resolution to the Bundestag calling for the provision of Taurus to Ukraine, but it was not supported.