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UK aims to assist Germany for supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine

UK aims to assist Germany for supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine UK Foreign Secretary, David Cameron (Getty Images)

The United Kingdom is ready to assist Germany in overcoming differences and providing Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles, says British Foreign Secretary, David Cameron, in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung.

"We are determined to closely cooperate with our German partners on this, as well as on all other issues, to help Ukraine," the Foreign Secretary said.

As Cameron explained, a possible circular exchange is being considered. For example, Germany will transfer Taurus missiles to Britain, while London, in turn, will provide Ukraine with additional Storm Shadow missiles.

"We are ready to consider all options to achieve maximum effect for Ukraine... But we will not disclose any details and will not tell our opponents what we are planning," he added.

Cameron dismissed concerns that transferring cruise missiles could lead to escalation.

"It is absolutely possible to establish restrictions on using this weapon to ensure that it does not contribute to escalation in any way," he said, adding that Britain trusts Ukraine's assurances.

Long-range missiles for Ukraine

Earlier, the UK and France provided Ukraine with long-range Storm Shadow and Scalp missiles. Also, the United States has supplied Ukrainian soldiers with missiles with a range of up to 165 kilometers, namely long-range ATACMS missiles.

Currently, discussions are underway to transfer German Taurus missiles to Ukraine, which are capable of destroying targets at distances of up to 500 kilometers. Berlin currently opposes, but Ukraine and its allies urge German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to make the appropriate decision.

More details on whether Ukraine will eventually receive German long-range missiles are in the article by RBC-Ukraine.