NATO gives legendary Ukraine air defense vow

(MENAFN) During a landmark summit in Washington, NATO leaders have pledged substantial support to Ukraine in its defense against Russian airstrikes, marking what US President Joe Biden described as a "historic donation" of air defense systems. The summit, convened to commemorate NATO's 75th anniversary, saw a collective commitment from NATO countries to bolster Ukraine's capabilities in the face of escalating tensions with Russia.

According to announcements made during the summit, the United States, Germany, and Romania will each donate a new Patriot battery to Ukraine. Additionally, the Netherlands and other partners will provide crucial components necessary for the operation of another Patriot battery, underscoring NATO's collaborative effort. Italy has also committed to delivering an advanced SAMP-T system to enhance Ukraine's air defense capabilities.

Further emphasizing NATO's solidarity, the statement signed by multiple NATO members and Ukraine detailed plans for additional support in the form of tactical air defense systems. This includes the provision of NASAMS, HAWKs, IRIS T-SLM, IRIS T-SLS, and Gepard systems over the coming months, with Washington pledging hundreds of additional air defense interceptors within the next year.

President Biden reiterated the United States' commitment to prioritize Ukraine in the delivery of critical defense interceptors, ensuring they receive necessary assistance ahead of other recipients. He underscored NATO's strengthened resolve, stating, "Today NATO is stronger than it’s ever been in its history," reaffirming the alliance's steadfast support for Ukraine amidst ongoing geopolitical challenges.



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