German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbok believes that the decision to provide Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles should be made sooner, because every day is important.
As “European Truth” writes with reference to DPA, Berbock said this on Monday at a press conference in Berlin.
Answering the question whether she will support the delivery of the Taurus to Ukraine as soon as possible, the head of the German Foreign Ministry said: "What weighs every day – this is what, I believe, we had to feel in the last year and a half”.
Separately, Berbok also mentioned the decision of Denmark and the Netherlands to hand over F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine after the exercises, calling it “a great day for Ukraine and, accordingly, a wonderful day for Europe”.
She emphasized that every day reminds her of the cruelty of the Russian war against Ukraine.
"And over the past year and a half, we have witnessed how important our military support is for Ukraine's self-defense… And from this point of view, we are studying all further requests of Ukraine to enable it to protect its own population”, – Burbok said.
Taurus missiles are among the most advanced weapons of the German Air Force. The characteristics of the Taurus are similar to the Storm Shadow cruise missiles, which have already been provided to Ukraine by Great Britain and France (where they are known under the name SCALP).
At the same time, the missile is capable of hitting targets even further, at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, thanks to more a modern jet engine, without entering the enemy's airspace. Taurus flies at a speed of almost 1000 km/h and very low, less than 50 meters above the ground, so it can be invisible to enemy radars.
For according to the Spiegel publication, classified negotiations with representatives of the defense industry are currently ongoing regarding the issue of the transfer of missiles, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to make technical modifications to the missiles to make it impossible for Kiev to strike Russian territory, which does not concern Crimea, which is occupied by the Russian Federation.