Berbok: We are still considering whether to supply Ukraine with long-range weapons

Analena Berbock, German Minister of Foreign Affairs/ Photo: EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock yesterday in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa said that Germany is still considering whether to deliver long-range weapons to Ukraine.

"Of course, everything we give in terms of military support is too little," she told a news conference after an unannounced visit to Ukraine.

She added that the question of how to deliver more, including long-range weapons systems, is being considered constantly, especially over the past year.

"It is quite understandable that people in Ukraine say we need more than anything," Berbok said at a gathering attended by her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba.

Ukraine's leaders are asking their Western counterparts to supply them with new weapons systems, especially longer-range missiles for firing behind Russian lines, such as the US ATACMS and Germany's Taurus cruise missiles.

German lawmakers on Thursday approved further military support for Ukraine, including long-range systems, but rejected the opposition's call for Kiev to be supplied with Taurus.

German officials have expressed concern that the missiles could escalate the war on Russian soil and be seen as more direct German involvement in the conflict.

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