German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius will announce a new aid package for Ukraine during his visit to Kyiv on November 21. But it will not include long-range Taurus missiles. This was reported by Bild.
Pistorius emphasized that Germany will continue to provide military support to Ukraine, but the new package will include weapons already delivered earlier, without providing for anything new.
One of the key elements that will not be included in the proposed package is the long-range Taurus missiles. Pistorius explained that the issue of supplying these missiles will not be reopened, and "Ukraine will continue to wait in vain."
Germany has promised Ukraine a new military aid package worth 1.3 billion euros, which includes, among other things, four additional IRIS-T-SLM air defense systems, as well as 20,000 155-mm artillery rounds and anti-tank weapons. This was announced by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius in Kyiv at a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov, Tagesschau reports.
"This is the fifth such package since last winter. And I am sure it will help you in your fight against Russian aggression," the minister said.
It is worth noting that this is the third tranche of IRIS air defense systems that Germany has promised to supply to Ukraine since the beginning of the war. Three systems from the first tranche have already been delivered, and the fourth is due to arrive this winter. The second tranche of four systems is scheduled for 2024, and the third for 2025.
When asked about the delivery of Taurus long-range missiles to Ukraine, Pistorius said that "there is no new information on Taurus."