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Former German President urges providing Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles

Former German President urges providing Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles Former President of Germany calls for transferring Taurus missiles to Ukraine (photo: GettyImages)

Former President of Germany Joachim Gauck criticized the German government's position on supplying long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine, according to his interview with Bild.

Responding to questions about the supply of German Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, Gauck stated that there is no international legal prohibition on providing military assistance to the victim of aggression.

"That is why we are allowed to do it. And we must do it - using everything at our disposal. Without any ifs and buts. Because Russia's victory will jeopardize the security of other European states in the medium term," he said.

The former president added that the current Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, should ask himself whether he is falling behind his formulated demand to do everything to prevent Russia from achieving a victorious peace.

Taurus missiles for Ukraine

In October, German media reported that the German government had no plans to supply long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine in the near future.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Germany fears direct confrontation with Russia. Berlin believes that to deploy missiles, it would need to send its specialists to Ukraine.

In September, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius stated that the supply of ATACMS from the U.S. to Ukraine would not mean that Berlin would unlock the issue of transferring Taurus.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that Kyiv would turn a blind eye to Germany's reluctance to transfer Taurus cruise missiles if Berlin provides additional air defense systems to our country ahead of a challenging winter.