Status: 01.10.2023, 12:49 p.m.
By: Sophia Lother
The demand for rapid deliveries of Taurus to Ukraine has caused some violent reactions in Russia. Medvedev rumbles again.
Moscow – The issue of arms deliveries in the Ukraine war often leads to threatening gestures, especially on the Russian side. For example, in July 2023, Russia's ex-president Dmitry Medvedev struck a harsh tone about the announced delivery of US cluster munitions to Ukraine. He accused the U.S. of provoking a nuclear war. Now arms deliveries are being discussed again, this time from the German side. A reaction is not long in coming.
In this photo, published by the state news agency Sputnik via AP, Dmitry Medvedev (l), deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, visits the Kapustin Yar missile test site. © picture alliance/dpa/Pool Sputnik Kremlin/AP | Ekaterina Shtukina
New weapons in the Ukraine war: Russia responds to Taurus demand by Strack-Zimmermann
But first, let's talk about arms deliveries. The deployment of Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine has been an issue in Germany for some time. Recently, however, the tones have become sharper. For example, the FDP politician and chairwoman of the Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, addressed Chancellor Olaf Scholz directly. "We should now deliver Taurus immediately, because with the targeted use of cruise missiles, the Ukrainian army can severely disrupt Russian supplies," she told the newspapers of the Funke media group.
"International law also allows Ukraine to strike at military targets on the territory of the Russian aggressor. Completely detached from where the weapons were made and who supplied them." Crimea, through which supplies for the Russian army are organized, is also part of this, according to Strack-Zimmermann. Statements that apparently cause enormous annoyance among Dmitry Medvedev.
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Medvedev rumbles after demand for Scholz to supply Ukraine with Taurus cruise missiles
In a post on Telegram, Medvedev addresses Strack-Zimmermann directly. The chairman of the defense committee, with "a name difficult to pronounce," as he emphasizes, called for Taurus deliveries to Ukraine. So that "the regime in Kiev can launch attacks on Russian territory in order to weaken the supply of our army. They say this is in accordance with international law. Well, in this case, attacks on the German factories where these missiles are produced would be in full compliance with international law."
He then sharpens his tone even more massively by ending once again with the phrase that Russia is being driven "towards World War III".
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Russia's Medvedev issues threats to Germany in Ukraine war
Medvedev was once considered a liberal reformer. In the meantime, however, his appearance has changed a lot. As a hardliner who vehemently defends the Russian offensive in Ukraine, he is now making headlines with sharp attacks and blatant threats.