President Joe Biden President Biden: «We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes»
At a press conference following the NATO summit in Madrid, the head of the White House said that Washington would announce an additional $ 800 million in military assistance to Kyiv
Speaking at a press conference held in Madrid on Thursday following the results of the NATO summit, President Biden called it historic.
“Before the war started, I told Putin that if he invaded Ukraine, it would make NATO not only stronger, but more united. And that all the democracies of the world will be against his (Putin's) aggression… That is what we are seeing today. At this summit, we have strengthened our alliance to meet the challenges we face today and will face in the future,” the President said.
Biden recalled that NATO’s strategy was last updated 12 years ago and that in it Russia was called a partner, and China was not mentioned at all.
“Since then, the world has changed a lot, so NATO has changed, and the allies have taken the necessary steps to counter both the direct threat that Russia poses to Europe and the systemic challenges that China poses for a rules-based world order,” – continued the head of the White House.
Biden called the invitation of Finland and Sweden to join NATO a historic act, recalling that these countries have a long tradition of neutrality.
Thus, because of the actions Putin's border between NATO and Russia will increase by 800 miles (1287 km), the president said.
In addition, he stressed, the majority of NATO countries for the first time are going to exceed their commitment to allocate 2% of GDP for the needs of the alliance.< /p>
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Estonia already allocate more than 2.5% for this purpose, and in some cases almost 3%. This will provide an opportunity for the deployment of additional protection for the alliance in all directions: on land, in the air, at sea, in cyberspace and space, Biden explained.
He emphasized that “the obligation under the Fifth Article is sacred and an attack on one member of the alliance is an attack on all.”
“We will protect every inch of NATO territory,” the head of the White House said.
He also said that NATO will support Ukraine for as long as it takes.
As Biden emphasized, the United States unite the world in support of Ukraine.
According to the President, there are more than fifty countries helping Ukraine today.
Kyiv). This is a global effort to support Ukraine. It has been provided with almost 140,000 anti-tank systems, more than 600 tanks, 500 artillery systems, more than 600,000 artillery ammunition, as well as modern multiple launch rocket systems. We also sent air defense systems. And the US leads the supply. Since I took office, we have provided almost $7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine,” Biden explained.
The President added that he would announce another military aid package in the coming days Ukraine, which will include air defense facilities.