Members of the German Bundestag Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (Free Democrats), Anton Hofreiter (Greens) and Andreas Schwarz (SPD) wrote a letter to Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, in which, in particular, they demand the transfer of long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine.
Tagesschau writes about it.
In view of the next meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine in Ramstein, which will take place on September 19, German MPs believe that Germany should provide Ukraine with further commitments in the defense fight against Russia.
"In particular, Ukraine needs the Taurus cruise missile system, which is in service with the Bundeswehr, to specifically weaken Russian military logistics," the letter says.
It is noted that German deputies came to this decision after conversations with representatives of the Ukrainian government. They assured that these weapons would be used exclusively on the territory of Ukraine.
"We see no reason to doubt this obligation," the deputies said in their letter.
In addition, according to the deputies, Germany should continue to supply Ukraine with air defense, ammunition, medical supplies and armored vehicles, especially battle tanks and armored personnel carriers. At the same time, according to the letter, ensuring the endurance of Ukrainian troops is of particular importance.
"This requires, in particular, spare parts for systems that have already been delivered and support in the repair of these systems. Support from German industry should also be coordinated and improved," the deputies write.
Will Ukraine receive long-range Taurus missiles?
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said earlier that the issue of supplying missiles to Ukraine should be resolved as soon as possible, because every day of delay counts.
However, later it became known that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was delaying the supply of Taurus missiles to Ukraine because he was worried that Ukrainian troops would begin to use these weapons for strikes on the territory of the Russian Federation.
The Bundestag also confirmed that the only person currently blocking the decision to transfer long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine is German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. At that time, the head of the Bundestag defense committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, sharply addressed Scholz and wrote that while he was "waiting", people are dying in Ukraine.
At the same time, Ukraine believes that Germany will transfer Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. In particular, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is convinced of this. According to him, it is only a matter of time.
On the other hand, the then current Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov spoke about the timing. The former head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is convinced that Ukraine can receive long-range Taurus missiles from Germany in less than a year.
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