German MP urges transfer of German long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine

23 May, 12:13 PM
The member of the Bundestag believes that long-range Taurus missiles should be handed over to Ukraine (Photo:MBDA)

The member of the Bundestag believes that long-range Taurus missiles should be handed over to Ukraine (Photo:MBDA)

Retired Bundeswehr colonel and German MP from the opposition Christian Democratic Union, Roderich Kiesewetter, has called for the transfer of German long-range Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine in an interview with German news outlet RND on May 23.

Berlin does not possess a substantial number of these highly accurate guided missiles, with only 150 operational of the 600 purchased ten years ago, but it would be “far more beneficial to use them in Ukraine rather than storing them in Germany,” he said.

“Ukraine’s partners should now take a gamble and provide the country with everything it can utilize for a multi-domain, interrelated use of various types of weaponry, within the bounds of international law,” he said.

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Taurus missiles, with a range of 400-500 kilometers, would make a “highly valuable contribution from Germany,” he said, emphasizing that Ukraine should receive all types of weaponry used by NATO, and there should be no more “red lines.”

The Taurus KEPD 350 is a Swedish-German air-to-ground cruise missile with a flight range of over 500 kilometers. They are designed for high-precision strikes against highly protected and deeply embedded targets, without risking the aircraft to enemy air defense. Taurus missiles are used by Germany, Spain, and South Korea.

U.S. television channel CNN reported on May 11 that London had already provided Kyiv with several long-range air-launched Storm Shadow cruise missiles.

Later, UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace confirmed this, emphasizing that the missiles would be used within the sovereign territory of the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also expressed readiness to transfer missiles to Kyiv, which would “allow resistance during counteroffensive operations.”

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