German Conservative Leader Backs Sending Cruise Missiles to Ukraine
Aug 27, 2023
Friedrich Merz, leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats, said in an interview out Sunday that he was in favor of giving Ukraine the long-sought-after Taurus cruise missiles.
“We should deliver cruise missiles,” he told German media.
The conservative, who heads the largest opposition party in parliament, stressed that the strike range of these missiles should be limited to make them a purely defensive weapon.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been pressing Germany for Taurus missiles, which have a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles) and can strike deep into the Russian territory.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz argued last week that he was not rushing to approve cruise missile deliveries to Ukraine for fear of dragging NATO into a war with Russia.
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