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UK offers to substitute Storm Shadow for German Taurus missiles — report

Taurus missiles
Taurus missiles

As Berlin remains reluctant to supply Kyiv with Taurus long-range missiles, the UK has proposed to send more of its Storm Shadow cruise missiles to Ukraine—if they are replaced with Taurus, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Jan. 24.

The newspaper’s sources said the offer was made several weeks ago.

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The German Federal Chancellery has refused to comment on the matter.

On Jan. 17, the Bundestag voted down a resolution calling for the supply of Taurus missiles to Ukraine. Only 178 of 666 MPs voted in favor.

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During his visit to Kyiv in November 2023, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius told reporters that Germany would not supply Kyiv with Taurus missiles.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is hesitant because he believes Ukraine would use the weapons to strike inside Russia.

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In an interview with Bild on Jan. 24, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Kyiv would not use Taurus missiles to attack Russia.

“We don’t need Taurus [missiles] to attack Moscow,” the minister said.

“We don’t need Western long-range missiles to attack Moscow or any other part of Russian territory.”

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