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When Ukraine may get Taurus missiles from Germany: Expert view

When Ukraine may get Taurus missiles from Germany: Expert view Photo: The expert shares when Germany can transfer Taurus missiles to Ukraine (Getty Images)

Germany may decide to transfer long-range Taurus missiles to Ukrainian defenders after the US decides to start supplying ATACMS with a range of 300 kilometers, says military expert Valerii Riabykh.

He believes that Germany will start supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine after the conditions for the use of such weapons are created. One of the conditions is that Ukrainian defenders have other long-range weapons.

"There is logic in this. You can do everything gradually and not achieve the result. However, when planning operations, it is necessary to calculate the forces and means necessary to achieve the goals. And there should be enough of them because the experience of the summer counteroffensive without air support has shown that you cannot go against the laws of war," he says.

Riabykh noted that Ukraine's acquisition of ATACMS missiles with a range of 300 kilometers could affect Germany's position regarding the Taurus.

"As soon as the US provides ATACMS with a range of 300+ km, I think the next day the Germans will also dare. They just don't want to be the initiators. Although the world is changing, and Berlin needs to learn to take responsibility for the security of Europe. The structure of US leadership on the continent, which existed after World War II, is changing. And European countries must adequately respond to the actions of the Russian aggressor, which threatens peace," Riabykh stated.

Taurus for Ukraine

Since last year, Ukraine has been asking Germany to start supplying long-range Taurus missiles, which are capable of destroying targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers.

However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz refuses to hand over such weapons to our defenders.

Recently, he justified his position by saying that the Germans would allegedly have to participate in guiding the missiles to the targets, which could make Germany a direct participant in the war.

Scholz is also afraid that, if used incorrectly, the missiles can hit targets in Moscow.