Sending Taurus missiles won’t escalate Ukraine war – POLITICO

“It is said at every stage that if you give anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, that is escalation. No, it wasn’t,” Cameron said at a press conference alongside German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday.

‘If you give tanks to the Ukrainians, that is escalation. No, that wasn’t the case. If you give long-range artillery or long-range fire to the Ukrainians, that’s escalation. No, that’s not it.

“I think the reason for that is clear: if you help a country defend itself against illegal and completely unjustified aggression, then nothing should stop you from helping that country fight back to reclaim its territory,” Cameron said. said.

The foreign minister said that only a situation “in which a NATO soldier kills a Russian soldier” would amount to escalation.

Scholz’s position on the Taurus missiles has come under renewed scrutiny in recent days after Russian media published leaked audio of senior German military officials discussing the war in Ukraine, including candid comments on the politics and logistics of delivering Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine.

Among other confidential revelations on the tape, officials suggested that British military personnel were on the ground in Ukraine – providing an uncomfortable backdrop to Cameron’s four-hour talks with Baerbock.

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