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Why doesn't Scholz want to give Ukraine Taurus?

Why doesn't Scholz want to give Ukraine Taurus?


Taurus cruise missile in an explanatory video from the German Army
Photo: German Army

Olaf Scholz does not want to provide Kiev with long-range cruise missiles because German soldiers would then have to assist on the site. Experts disagree. An intercepted Luftwaffe chat also speaks against this.

Heylaf Scholz does not want to supply Ukraine with the Taurus cruise missile. He tried to explain his reasons earlier this week, but now a wiretapped phone conversation between Luftwaffe chief Lieutenant-General Ingo Gerharz and experts from the German military has emerged that appears to invalidate his arguments. Experts from international think tanks also shake their heads.

Morten Friedel

Political editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

Konrad Schuller

Political correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper in Berlin.

The Chancellor told the German news agency that it was very clear “that there will be no German soldiers on Ukrainian territory.” What the British and French did in terms of “target control” with Storm Shadow and Scalp cruise missiles, which had already been delivered, “could not be done in Germany.”

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