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Bundestag criticizes Scholz for refusing to transfer Taurus to Ukraine

Aug 11, 2023

The Bundestag criticizes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for refusing to transfer Taurus long-range missiles to Ukraine.

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the head of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, as quoted by N-TV.


The politician called on the government to provide Ukraine with long-range cruise missiles. She emphasized that the missiles are "urgently needed".

"It is in line with international law that if Ukraine knows where it is being attacked from, it can also be used to prevent attacks there," Strack-Zimmerman said.

She also criticized Scholz for his reluctance to provide Ukraine with missiles.

"I think that the problem is again in the Chancellery, where they are trying to prevent this topic from starting," the politician said.

As a reminder, back in the spring, the UK handed over long-range Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine, which Ukrainian troops are already skillfully using. French President Emmanuel Macron also announced the transfer of long-range SCALP missiles.

At the same time, Germany rejected Ukraine's request to provide Taurus cruise missiles with a range of up to 500 kilometers. According to media reports, Berlin may soon announce the transfer of Taurus missiles, and negotiations with the United States are ongoing.

Also, according to the German newspaper Spiegel, Olaf Scholz wants to make technical modifications to the missiles to make it impossible for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to strike at Russian territory, but this does not apply to the territory of occupied Crimea.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 11/08/2023

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