Critics label Scholz’s Taurus decision “grossly negligent”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided not to supply Taurus missiles to Ukraine for the time being. This decision has faced widespread criticism.

Wolfgang Ischinger, the former head of the Munich Security Conference, attacked the Chancellor according to in SPIEGEL sharply: “I think this is grossly negligent. In the end, the Russian side is occupying an increasingly helpless and defenseless Ukraine.” He also criticized the chancellor’s communication. “I think it is wrong to have a disastrous debate with the German public for three months. In Paris and in London, one morning was communicated: We are delivering Storm Shadow and its French counterpart to Ukraine. Zero public debate. That’s the way to do it. Not like with us, so that every third-rate senior teacher from every village still communicates his opinion.” For Ischinger, it is clear that this would confuse the German public and only benefit the Russian propaganda machine.

Kiesewetter also criticizes Scholz

Roderich Kiesewetter, the CDU defense politician, also criticized the chancellor’s decision, calling it isolated. “”With the cancellation of the delivery of Taurus cruise missiles and the delay in any planning since May, Germany is once again taking a unique path. This undermines trust in Europe and the USA and irritates our partners, especially the UK and France, which are already delivering similar cruise missiles,” said Kiesewetter, according to

Image:, Olaf Scholz Volodymyr Zelenskyy 2022-02-14 63, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified).

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