The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that Germany decided to postpone the shipment of high-precision Taurus missiles to Ukraine due to fear of Russia.
The German government generally agreed to deliver the Taurus missiles, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz suspended this step due to concerns that German personnel would be forced to travel to Ukraine to help maintain and operate the complex weapon.
The German Chancellor believes that the presence of German military specialists in the combat zone could drag Germany deeper into the conflict, which would likely lead to a direct confrontation with Russia.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing sources, Germany could agree to supplies if the United States sends similar weapons to Ukraine.
Earlier, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced the possibility of reaching a quick solution to the issue of transferring Taurus missiles to Kiev.
At the same time, Berlin has previously made clear several times that the supply of these weapons is not considered a priority without coordination with NATO partners.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that her country’s supply of long-range Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine constitutes a challenge, noting that agreeing on all the details regarding it will take time.
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is pressuring Germany to obtain Taurus missiles, which have a range of up to 500 kilometers.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that Western military aid doesn’t bode well for Ukraine and only prolongs the conflict, while the transferred weapons become a legitimate target for the Russian army.