No hesitation: According to Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, the federal government is deliberately taking its time with the decision to supply Taurus cruise missiles – in order to weigh up the possible consequences.
According to information from the federal government, no quick decision will be made in the next few days on the question of delivering Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. “I can’t detect any movement there,” said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit in Berlin.
Defense Minister Boris Pistorius made it clear that, in his opinion, a few days more or less was not important. “If it takes another week or two until a decision is made, then so be it,” said the SPD politician at the first “Westphalian Peace Conference” in Münster.
This does not mean any hesitation on the part of the federal government, emphasized Pistorius. “The Federal Republic of Germany must show this level of prudence, even if it is difficult for our Ukrainian friends to understand.” Germany must weigh the consequences at every step.
Cruise missiles range further than any other weapons delivered to date and are a “highly complex industrial product,” said the SPD politician. “We’re not talking about programming a coffee machine here.” Germany has “around 500 and so many of these things.” Half of them are not up to date. The other half need an update and have to be programmed.
Ukraine has been demanding Taurus cruise missiles for a long time. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has always been cautious about this – probably because he wants to rule out attacks on Russian territory that could cause Russia to retaliate.
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