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“Invitation to Putin”
No Taurus, however Western troops in Ukraine? Sharp criticism of Scholz and Macron

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Olaf Scholz to the Elysee Palace in Paris

False picture of unity: Emmanuel Macron welcomes Olaf Scholz to the Elysee Palace in Paris

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The Chancellor now not needs to provide Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, and the French President is bringing Western floor troops into play. Both face sturdy headwinds in Germany.

In the talk about continued help for Ukraine, Green Party politician Anton Hofreiter accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and French President Emmanuel Macron of negligence. The relationship between the 2 was “obviously deeply broken,” mentioned Hofreiter on Tuesday night on ZDF’s “heute journal.” This is “a huge problem for our security” and for the European Union. Both politicians acted irresponsibly – “Macron with his careless talk about the ground troops unsettles the population, and Scholz with his completely irresponsible justification for the Taurus cancellation,” criticized Hofreiter.

Ukraine assist: Macron doesn’t need to rule out floor troops, Scholz in opposition to Taurus deliveries

On Monday, Macron mentioned sending Western floor troops to Ukraine. “There is no consensus today about officially sending ground troops,” he mentioned after a Ukraine assist convention in Paris. “But nothing can be ruled out in the dynamic. We will do everything necessary to ensure that Russia cannot win this war.” Other Western nations reacted with sturdy rejection. Scholz additionally instantly rejected the proposal.

On Monday, the Chancellor once more rejected the supply of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine and justified his refusal with the chance of Germany turning into concerned within the warfare. “German soldiers must not be linked to the goals that this system achieves at any point or place. Not even in Germany,” he mentioned at a chief editorial convention of the German Press Agency. From his perspective, using Taurus would solely be doable with the participation of German personnel.

Anton Hofreiter on Scholz's Taurus rejection: “Gesture of weakness”

Hofreiter referred to as Scholz's cancellation on ZDF “a gesture of weakness towards (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, which is very blatant.” “This is a direct invitation to Putin to attack other countries, according to the motto: 'We can't do anything, we're weak anyway.'” He expects Macron and Scholz “to take serious action in the face of this difficult situation and come to an agreement “. When coping with Putin, you don't want “childish quarrels” however slightly management. “And once again the Chancellor didn't show that with his decision to say no to Taurus.” The Green politician referred to as Scholz's assertion that Bundeswehr troopers had been wanted for the operation “obviously wrong.”

The President of the Bundeswehr Reservists Association, Patrick Sensburg, additionally believes Scholz's causes are untenable. “I don’t see why you have to send German soldiers to Ukraine with Taurus cruise missiles,” he instructed the Germany editorial community. “The training and everything else could also be done outside of Ukraine. The Ukrainians are very good and capable of learning new weapon systems.”

Markus Söder: “The Taurus is not a nuclear bomb”

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder criticized the disagreement throughout the visitors mild coalition over the supply of the weapon system. “The matter presents a catastrophic picture internationally when half of the federal government wants to deliver and the Chancellor says no,” mentioned the CSU politician to the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Wednesday). It is unnecessary to publicly rule out the provision of a particular weapon if the West needs to supply Ukraine with as a lot navy help as doable. “The Taurus is not a nuclear bomb,” mentioned Söder.

Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann recommended a doable center floor in coping with Taurus deliveries. The FDP politician mentioned on Tuesday night on the ARD program “Maischberger” that he acknowledged a bridge in what Chancellor Scholz mentioned. One means might maybe be “that we train Ukrainian soldiers to be able to use this weapon system without the need for German soldiers to be deployed.”