“The Taurus issue is not over for us yet, and we continue to work on it,” noted Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in an interview with Welt.
“We will turn a blind eye if we don’t get Taurus from Germany, but get air defense systems instead,” Kuleba added. “I bought dozens of candles. My father bought a truckload of firewood. We are preparing for the worst winter in history,” he said, referring to Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in the coldest months.
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“If the West can’t win this war, then what kind of war can it win? If we don’t win this war, it will be a big defeat for the whole world, including Germany,” Dmytro Kuleba said.
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Why does Germany refuse to give “Taurus”?
So far, the German government has refused to supply Ukraine with long-range weapons, citing fears of a war with Russia. Taurus missiles have a range of about 500 km.
Another argument for Berlin’s refusal to provide them is the fear that these missiles will land on the territory of the Russian Federation.
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In Berlin it is said that only the Chancellor is opposed to the delivery. Olaf Scholz fears escalation with Russia, German media claim. He has been repeatedly called to action, most notably by Bundestag Defense Committee Chair Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. She recently said that Ukraine would be able to attack Russian military sites with Taurus missiles on the territory of occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation itself if it received them from Berlin.
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German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that the Taurus missiles are unlikely to dramatically affect the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine.
Martin Jaeger, the German ambassador to Ukraine, stated in an interview with “European Justice” that the government in Berlin will not supply Kiev with the missiles for the time being.
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