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The Bundestag did not support the proposal to expand aid to Ukraine and provide Taurus missiles

The Bundestag did not support the proposal to expand aid to Ukraine

The Bundestag did not have enough votes to support the proposal to expand military aid to Ukraine. As a result, the German government once again postponed the transfer of Taurus air-launched cruise missiles to the Ukrainian army.

Only 182 deputies voted in favor of transferring these missiles to Ukraine. At the same time, 480 people voted against, and 5 abstained. This was reported by the Rheinische Post.

The supply of German Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine is being actively promoted in the Bundestag by the leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Friedrich Merz. His political force put to a vote a bill that explicitly mentioned this German weapons system.

Merz called on coalition MPs to join the proposal, but the parliamentary majority did not support the initiative.

"Ukraine still does not receive the full amount of resources it urgently needs to effectively deter Russia's aggressive war," Merz said.

The day before, during a debate in the Bundestag, CDU leader Merz emphasized the urgency of supplying Ukraine with Taurus cruise missiles. In an address to members of the coalition factions, he said that Germany should finally supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with these weapons systems.

He also noted that Germany should learn lessons from history and remember that attempts to "appease a regime that no longer abides by any norms of international law" have the opposite effect.

Moreover, CDU MPs called for recognizing Russia as an "existential threat." Merz also noted that further strengthening of sanctions against the aggressor country is necessary, and called for the transfer of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine.

The Bundestag did not support the proposal to expand aid to Ukraine and provide Taurus missiles

Earlier, German media reported that the German government may soon decide to provide Ukraine with a new military aid package. At the time, it was said that it might include Taurus air-launched cruise missiles. The document did not mention these missiles directly, but it did mention the supply of additional long-range weapons systems.

As a reminder, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz evaded answering questions about the supply of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine and our country's prospects for NATO membership. He called the question of the need to supply cruise missiles "strange" and added that Berlin spends more on arms supplies than other European countries.

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