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They can reach Moscow: Scholz explains refusal to give Taurus to Ukraine

They can reach Moscow: Scholz explains refusal to give Taurus to Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz considers Germany to be not ready to transfer long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine because, in his opinion, they can be used to strike Moscow, writes Tagesschau.

"The cruise missile with a range of 500 kilometers is a weapon "that, if used incorrectly, can reach a specific target somewhere in Moscow," said Scholz.

According to him, the UK and France, which have already handed over cruise missiles to Ukraine, "know exactly where everything ends up."

He once again stated that the deployment of such missiles in Ukraine would require the participation of Germany.

"I think that is impossible," Scholz said.

The chancellor added that he was annoyed by "criticism" over the refusal to provide Taurus to the Ukrainian Armed Forces since Germany supplies Ukraine with far more weapons than almost all other countries.

As Scholz noted, if the US Congress does not allocate new funding to help Ukraine, some countries will have to make more efforts.

Taurus for Ukraine

Last year Ukraine called on Germany to start the transfer of Taurus long-range missiles. This happened against the background of the start of the supply of Storm Shadow/SCALP missiles to Ukraine from the UK and France.

The main obstacle in the Taurus issue for Ukraine was the position of Scholz. The chancellor is concerned that such weapons can be used for attacks on the territory of Russia.

He also stated that in the event of a handover, the German military would allegedly have to take part in pointing missiles at targets, which could be Germany's direct participation in the war.