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Scholz speaks out against supplying Taurus to Ukraine again

Scholz speaks out against supplying Taurus to Ukraine again German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has once again declared his refusal to supply Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, according to BR24.

"It is impossible for me to deliver long-range weapon systems that can only be meaningfully delivered if they would also involve the deployment of German soldiers outside of Ukraine," he said.

The Chancellor emphasized that caution is not something to be considered a weakness.

"That is a limit that I don't want to exceed that as Chancellor. Prudence is not something that can be qualified as weakness, but prudence is what citizens are entitled too," said Scholz.

Long-range missiles for Ukraine

Earlier, the UK and France provided Ukraine with long-range Storm Shadow and Scalp missiles. It is also known that the USA has transferred missiles with a range of up to 165 km to Kyiv. These are long-range ATACMS missiles.

Currently, discussions are underway about transferring German Taurus missiles to Ukraine, capable of destroying targets up to 500 km away. Berlin is currently against it, but Ukraine and its allies are urging German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to make a decision.

In particular, in early March, the opposition faction CDU/CSU announced that it wants to once again bring to the Bundestag a resolution calling on the government to transfer long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine.

The UK is ready to assist Germany in overcoming differences and providing Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles. It is not ruled out that Germany may transfer Taurus missiles to the UK, which in turn will supply Ukraine with a new batch of long-range Storm Shadow missiles.

For more information on whether Ukraine will receive German long-range missiles, read the RBC-Ukraine's report.