German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that he does not want the government to be rushed with the decision to transfer long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine.
The minister said this during an event at the Federal Academy for Security Policy on September 13.
Pistorius complained that he had been asked dozens of times about the Taurus in recent weeks. A lot of questions make him nervous.
The Minister also expressed the opinion that Ukraine primarily needs air defense systems and ammunition of 155 mm caliber. According to him, Germany wants to speed up the processes of production of equipment and its repair.
Pistorius' reaction to Kuleba's statement about Taurus
Pistorius does not believe that the transfer of Taurus to Ukraine is necessary right now, and such a decision has not yet been made. The German Defense Minister called the calls of the Ukrainian authorities to transfer these missiles as soon as possible "wrong tone."
"The statements of the Ukrainian side will not affect Berlin's decision. When transferring weapons, partners should take into account not only the interests of Ukraine, but also, above all, their own," Pistorius said, reacting, in particular, to the words of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba regarding the provision of Taurus.
Taurus missiles for Ukraine
The day before, at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Kuleba said that Germany would transfer Taurus missiles to Ukraine anyway, so this decision should not be delayed: "You will do it anyway, it's only a matter of time. And I don't understand why we're wasting time."
Later, Kuleba announced "progress" in providing Ukraine with ATACMS and Taurus missiles.
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