Zelenskyy, Scholz, Biden talk about Ukraine receiving TAURUS and ATACMS missiles
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister, said they discussed providing long-range missiles to Ukraine in a recent meeting involving President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, U.S. President Joe Biden, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Kuleba shared this information in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
"At the meeting between President Zelenskyy and Chancellor Scholz of Germany, they talked about TAURUS, while the topic of ATACMS came up in the meeting with President Biden of the USA. Andriy Yermak, the Head of the President's Office, is coordinating with Jake Sullivan, and I'm working with Antony Blinken to resolve this issue as soon as possible. I am confident that Ukraine will receive ATACMS missiles, and it's just a matter of time," said the Foreign Affairs Minister.
Kuleba stressed that Ukraine had successfully dealt with other types of weapons in the past.
The minister highlighted two important aspects of military aid: first, ensuring a steady supply of weapons that have already been approved for transfer since the start of the Russian aggression; second, addressing "closed" positions, which currently include long-range ATACMS missiles from the USA and TAURUS missiles from Germany.
"Regarding the first aspect, it's clear from the conversation between the President and U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin that the U.S. is committed to planning and making efforts to ensure the stable and prompt delivery of the promised weapons, ammunition, and projectiles. As for the second aspect, Ukraine has initiated joint production of weapons, and this will be discussed in a few days at the Defense Industries Forum in Kyiv," Kuleba explained.
On September 15, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius promised a decision on providing Taurus missiles to Ukraine within a week or two and explained the reasons for the delay.
During the negotiations, President Joe Biden assured Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Ukraine will receive a small number of ATACMS missiles.