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Scholz defends no to Taurus supply to Ukraine

The decision to deliver Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine or not needs to be carefully considered, says Olaf Scholz.  Fo

The determination to ship Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine or not must be fastidiously thought of, says Olaf Scholz. photograph

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At a public dialogue, the Chancellor defends his rejection of the supply of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. With a message to Putin, he’s inflicting discussions on social media.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has defended his rejection of the supply of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. Germany is offering loads of assist on this space, stated the SPD politician at a public dialogue in Dresden. Nevertheless, each determination should be fastidiously thought of. This significantly applies to a weapon that has a spread of 500 kilometers and, if used incorrectly, might attain a selected goal in Moscow. Others then have to fret about the place precisely what finally ends up. “In our case that would mean that we would have to participate in order to be able to do that. I think that is impossible.”

At the identical time, Scholz reiterated that escalation and conflict between Russia and NATO should be prevented. “There will be no German soldiers, not even NATO soldiers, on Ukrainian land, because otherwise that would pose this danger. I remain committed to that,” emphasised Scholz.

In his speech to the nation, Russian President Vladimir Putin had as soon as once more warned the West in regards to the energy of the nuclear energy's weapons. When making threatening gestures, the West ought to keep in mind that Russia additionally has weapons that might hit targets in that space, he informed greater than 1,000 representatives from politics, enterprise, tradition and faith in Moscow.

“Diplomats instead of grenades”: fuss about message to Putin

With a message to Putin on the public dialogue, Scholz sparked discussions on social media. At the occasion, a participant handed him a sheet of stickers with the slogan “Diplomats instead of grenades” and requested him handy it over to his Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens). Scholz then stated with a raised fist: “Yes, diplomats instead of grenades is the sentence that we are chanting together towards the Kremlin in Moscow.”

The Chancellor acquired criticism on the X platform (previously Twitter) for his response. But many additionally defended him. Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit emphasised: “The Chancellor quotes the slogan – with the addition that the demand should be addressed to Moscow.”