Germany considering purchase of Israeli missile defense system: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Late on Sunday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, Germany is considering purchasing a missile defense system to shield against a potential Russian attack.

“This is certainly one of the issues we are discussing, and for good reason,” said Scholz.

He did not mention what type of air defense system Berlin was considering.

When asked to respond to questions whether Germany aimed to procure a missile defence system with a longer range than its existing Patriot batteries, Scholz said, “We need to be aware that we have a neighbour who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests.”

A report by Germany’s Bild am Sonntag said, a missile defence shield for the whole territory of Germany was one of the topics discussed when Scholz met with Germany’s chief of defence Eberhard Zorn.

There is talk on a potential acquisition of the Israel’s “Arrow 3” system, reads the paper.

The German Defence Ministry declined comment.

Israel’s defence ministry had no immediate comment.

“We must protect ourselves better against the threat from Russia. For this, we need a Germany-wide missile defence shield quickly,” said Andreas Schwarz, a member of parliament for Scholz’ Social Democrats while adding, “The Israeli Arrow 3 system is a good solution.”

Moscow has termed its invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation” aimed at demilitarising and “denazifying” Ukraine.

Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the head of parliament’s defence committee, said Germany should consider various options for missile defence, including against high-flying ballistic missiles which enter space for part of their flight.

“Israel produces such a system and it makes sense to not only look into different scenarios but also to potentially buy it as soon as possible,” she told Welt television.

($1 = 0.9107 euros)



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