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Biden Vows NATO Support for Ukraine in Face of Putin's Aggression


July 10 :
U.S. President Joe Biden, speaking in Washington, DC on July 10, vowed NATO's help in protecting Ukraine from what he called Putin's "war of aggression." “Putin wants nothing less— nothing less than Ukraine’s total subjugation; to end Ukraine’s democracy; to destroy Ukraine’s culture, and to wipe Ukraine off the map,” Biden stated in his welcome address at the commencement of the three-day NATO summit in Washington DC on Tuesday.

"Ukraine can and will stop Putin," Biden, 81, remarked, to enthusiastic applause. The US president said that five new strategic air defence systems will be sent to Ukraine by the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, and Italy. "And in the coming months, the United States and our partners intend to provide Ukraine with dozens of additional tactical air defence systems," added Vice President Biden.

Ukrainian cities would be better protected from Russian missiles and frontline Ukrainian troops will be better equipped to withstand air attacks thanks to hundreds of more interceptors that the US president announced that the country would get over the coming year. According to Biden, "the United States will make sure that when we export critical air defence interceptors, Ukraine goes to the front of the line."

"They will get this assistance before anyone else gets it," Biden stated, reiterating that Ukraine is still a sovereign country and that "the war will end with Ukraine remaining a free and independent country." "The Russians will lose. The president of the United States of America remarked, "Ukraine will prevail," and the audience groaned.

Russian strikes rocked Ukraine, targeting the country's biggest children's hospital among other targets, just one day before Biden spoke at the NATO summit. "All the Allies knew that before this war, Putin thought NATO would break," Biden said, noting that the 32-member military alliance is "stronger than it's ever been in its history."

The following heads of state: Joe Biden of the United States of America, Dick Schoof of the Netherlands, Olaf Scholz of Germany, Giorgia Meloni of Italy, Klaus Iohannis of Romania, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine all signed a joint statement on strengthening Ukraine's air defenses.

Each nation said in their joint statement that they would be providing a Patriot battery: the United States, Germany, and Romania. The Netherlands, meantime, will collaborate with other nations to enable an extra Patriot battery. At the same time, Italy would supply a long-range air defense system called SAMP-T.

"We are coordinating with the Ukrainian government so that these systems can be utilized rapidly," the statement continued, adding that the five strategic air-defense systems "will help to protect Ukrainian cities, civilians, and soldiers."
"We are working on a further announcement this year of additional strategic air defence systems for Ukraine," the statement stated.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated his intention to advocate for "decisive actions" on the part of the US and EU to assist his country. "Everyone needs it, literally every partner, all nations," Zelensky stated in his first words after landing in the US, emphasizing that it is not simply our country that needs it. More F-16 fighter jets, air defense systems, and security guarantees—"including weapons and finances, political support."—were among the demands made by the Ukrainian president.

During the opening ceremony of the NATO Summit, the United States President presented NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. On this summit, which commemorates the establishment of the military alliance on April 4, 1949, the leaders of the thirty-two member states of NATO as well as five partner countries—Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, and South Korea—are gathering.