German Chancellor Scholz Dodges Questions on Taurus Missiles for Ukraine

, 11:59, 18.02.2024
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz avoided specifics regarding the delivery of Taurus missiles to Ukraine during the Munich Security Conference. €1.13 billion arms package for Ukraine.

German Chancellor Scholz Dodges Questions on Taurus Missiles for Ukraine

Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany

- Needing the right moment; We will make decisions step by step - this is how Olaf Scholz answered questions about the transfer of Taurus missiles to Ukraine. The Chancellor did not want to provide precise information, and at one point he said that "the question on this subject is strange."

On Friday, Germany announced a new package for Ukraine, which did not include the weapons expected by Kyiv.

During the Munich Security Conference, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced a new arms package for Ukraine worth EUR 1.13 billion (approx. PLN 4.9 billion). It includes, among other things, the delivery of 36 howitzers, 120,000 pieces of artillery ammunition, two additional Iris-T anti-aircraft systems, and rockets for them.

A security agreement was also signed between Berlin and Kyiv, which - according to the Chancellor - proves the intention to support Ukraine as long as necessary.

However, these words did not divert attention from the issue of the desired weapons, which were not included in the package for Kyiv. The situation was described by the website European Pravda.

Awkwardness during the conference. "Weird question"

The German Chancellor was asked by journalists why the package did not include the Taurus missiles, which Ukraine has been seeking for a long time. - This question is strange - it is known that Germany spends the most (on deliveries to Ukraine - ed.) in Europe - said the Chancellor.

When asked about the reasons for the delay in missile deliveries, he emphasized that "it is a matter of finding the best moment."

It is important to make the right decisions at the right time, step by step. And we make such decisions, the politician explained. However, the portal pointed out that Scholz avoided answering the question and did not actually specify when Ukraine could expect the delivery of the Tauruses.

Ukraine has been waiting for Tauruses for a long time

Earlier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said several times that he rejected the proposal to deliver Tauruses, arguing that they increased the risk of escalation and Germany's involvement in the war.

In October last year, German ambassador to Ukraine Martin Jäger stated that "at the moment there will be no deliveries of Taurus missiles to Ukraine."

Tauruses are missiles launched from aircraft that can hit ground targets up to 500 kilometers away. It is also a weapon that has long been on Kyiv's wish list.

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