Pistorius responds to whether Germany's decision on Taurus missiles for Ukraine depends on the provision of ATACMS

Pistorius spoke out about the transfer of Taurus missiles to Ukraine

Germany still has not decided whether it will supply Ukraine with Taurus cruise missiles. And if the United States decides to provide the Ukrainian army with its long-range missiles ATACMS, it will not be a "wave" for Berlin to do the same.

This was stated by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, writes Reuters. According to him, "there is no automaticity in this war."

The head of the German defense ministry, Boris Pistorius, has said that the deliveries of German Taurus and US ATACMS to Ukraine are not related. And if Washington decides to transfer its long-range missiles to Kyiv, it does not mean that Berlin will necessarily transfer its Taurus cruise missiles.

"There is no automaticity in this war," Pistorius told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to Cologne.

He added that discussions about supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine are ongoing in Germany.

Kyiv has repeatedly asked for these missiles with a range of over 500 kilometers. In response, German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz made it clear that Berlin would act in matters of arms deliveries only jointly with Washington.

While Germany and the United States are pondering whether to transfer their long-range missiles to the Ukrainian army, the United Kingdom and France have already provided Ukraine with Storm Shadow and Scalp cruise missiles similar to the Taurus.

However, it is possible that Washington's decision on ATACMS deliveries is not far off. Thus, the other day the American TV channel ABC reported that the US is likely to deliver these missiles to Ukraine for the first time. The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, also announced "progress in the discussion of ATACMS," refraining, however, from giving details.

"Cruise missiles are difficult to detect by air defense radars because they fly at low altitudes. They are mainly used to hit important targets behind enemy lines, such as command bunkers, ammunition and fuel depots, airfields and bridges. Russia is using long-range missiles to hit targets in Ukraine, including civilian infrastructure, and Ukraine has no easy way to respond to such attacks," Reuters described the reasons why the Ukrainian army needs such weapons.

We shall remind you that after recent statements by Western media that the USA was close to approving the delivery of ATACMS missiles with cluster warheads to Ukraine, the Pentagon spoke out on this issue.

It said it will certainly report back if a decision is made. As Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder noted on Monday, September 11, Washington continues to maintain "close contact" with allies regarding Ukraine's defense needs. However, the U.S. has "nothing new to announce right now."

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