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Germany considers “Taurus” missile delivery to Ukraine amid divisions


The German government appears to have reconsidered its opposition to delivering “Taurus” long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine. However, this change of stance comes with a condition – that the target programming of the “Taurus” missile be restricted. Reports suggest that the German government is evaluating options for supplying Ukraine with “Taurus” cruise missiles from the Bundeswehr’s inventory in the coming months. Discussions between the Defense Ministry and the arms industry are reportedly underway. The Defense Ministry has requested that the manufacturer of the “Taurus” missile limit its target programming, a measure that is deemed feasible but could take several weeks to implement.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz aims to prevent the use of the advanced weaponry for attacks on Russian territory. As part of a technical modification, Scholz intends to approve the “Taurus” missile delivery only once convinced of the system’s limitations. While Scholz has indicated fewer reservations about the idea, he still requires the assurance of restricted usage.

The news portal “t-online,” citing sources within the Social Democratic Party (SPD), recently reported that the government is poised to announce the missile delivery in the near future. This follows a previous statement by Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, who had ruled out immediate delivery but had not categorically rejected the possibility. Pistorius had noted that the decision timing was not yet appropriate, given the concerns and the unique capabilities of the “Taurus” missiles.

The “Taurus” missile is equipped with its own engine and multiple navigation systems, enabling autonomous low-altitude flight through enemy territory. It can be launched from combat aircraft and has the ability to hit and destroy targets up to 500 kilometers away. Despite the initial refusal in May, the debate within the coalition government has gained momentum in recent days, with some leaders expressing support for the delivery.

Andreas Schwarz, a member of the Social Democratic Party, highlighted that Ukraine’s promise not to employ Western weapons systems for attacks on Russian soil could provide a basis for missile deliveries. Agnieszka Brugger of the Green Party and Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann of the Free Democratic Party also voiced their endorsement. The potential missile delivery remains contentious, with the Union calling for clarity and appropriate safeguards.

As Germany navigates the complexities of its decision, international observers are closely monitoring the developments. The outcome of this deliberation will shape not only Ukraine’s defense capabilities but also the broader geopolitical landscape. will continue to track the evolving situation and its potential implications for regional security and international relations.

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