Germany's stance on Ukraine: supportive but cautious on Taurus missiles

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the congress of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Berlin, Jan. 28, 2024
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the congress of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Berlin, Jan. 28, 2024

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has stated his opposition to sending Taurus missiles to Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of preventing a conflict between NATO and Russia, Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung reported on March 28.

"As the head of the government, my responsibility in matters of war and peace, particularly concerning Europe's security, includes decisions about the Taurus missiles," Scholz said. "While we stand with Ukraine, it's crucial to ensure we do everything in our power to avert an escalation into a war between Russia and NATO."

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Scholz clarified that Germany would not deploy its troops to Ukraine and would consider the implications of each weapon delivery carefully. Despite his stance on the Taurus missiles, Scholz affirmed Germany's significant support for Kyiv, noting that Germany is one of Ukraine's largest European benefactors in terms of military aid, contributing over 28 billion euros ($30.2 billion).

The chancellor stressed nonetheless that Germany supports Kyiv with weapons and ammunition more than any other European country and spends more than 28 billion euros ($30.2 billion) on it.

"We're committed to supporting Ukraine as long as necessary," Scholz stated. "Our actions send a clear message to Putin: he cannot simply wait for international support for Ukraine to diminish."

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