London ‘ready to consider all options’ to speed up delivery of German Taurus missiles to Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Beirut, Lebanon, February 1, 2024
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron in Beirut, Lebanon, February 1, 2024
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British Foreign Secretary David Cameron expressed his country’s willingness to work closely with Germany to supply Ukraine with Taurus missiles in an interview with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published on March 8.

London is “ready to consider all options in order to achieve the maximum effect for Ukraine,”including an exchange in which Berlin would provide Britain with Taurus missiles while Britain would supply more of its Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine.

“I will not go into details and tell our adversaries what we mean,” he said.

In response to German concerns about possible strikes on Russian territory with the supplied missiles, Cameron suggested introducing restrictions on the use of the Taurus missiles to ensure that they do not escalate the situation.

He further mentioned that the UK trusts Kyiv’s commitment to refrain from attacking Russian territory and expressed satisfaction with the effectiveness of supplying Ukraine with weapons thus far.

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On March 8, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that long-range missiles did not determine the course of the war, amid discussions about supplying German Taurus missiles to Ukraine.

Berlin has not outright denied Ukraine the Taurus missiles but has not been ready to provide them, possibly due to Chancellor Scholz’s hesitations, Pistorius said in September 2023.

Ukraine has repeatedly stated that it will not use Western long-range missiles to strike Russian territory.

The Bundestag did not support a draft resolution calling for the supply of long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine on Jan. 17, with only 178 out of 666 MPs voting in favor.

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