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Since the disastrous debate in Atlanta in opposition to Donald Trump, US President Joe Biden has been examined at each occasion he takes half in. After just a few days of campaigning, he placed on his nice statesman's swimsuit on Tuesday and took half within the occasion celebrating the seventy fifth anniversary of NATO with a passionate defence of the Atlantic Alliance and its historic function. Biden introduced the supply to Ukraine of recent defence techniques in opposition to air assaults, at a time when it has simply been hit onerous by Russian missiles. Biden was blunt: “Ukraine can and will stop Putin,” he mentioned. “Ukraine will prevail, not Russia,” he added.

“Today I am announcing a historic donation of air defense equipment to Ukraine,” President Joe Biden mentioned on the opening of the NATO summit in Washington. “The United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Italy will provide Ukraine with the equipment for five additional strategic air defense systems,” he added. He additionally indicated that within the coming months the United States and different international locations will present Ukraine with dozens of different tactical air protection techniques and a whole bunch of munitions for them.

The United States, Germany and Romania will ship Ukraine further Patriot batteries, whereas the Netherlands and different international locations will present Patriot elements to kind another battery, in line with a joint assertion. Italy will present a SAMP-T air protection system. Other allies, together with Canada, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, will present different techniques that can assist Ukraine broaden its protection. And different nations have agreed to supply munitions for these techniques. The United States has already despatched Ukraine two Patriot missile techniques — one late final 12 months and one other not too long ago.

The announcement of the supply of the brand new air protection techniques comes the day after Russia launched a large missile offensive in opposition to Ukraine that killed almost 40 folks, injured greater than 170 and hit a pediatric hospital in kyiv. Biden has mentioned that Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to “wipe Ukraine off the map.” “And we know that Putin will not stop in Ukraine. But make no mistake, Ukraine can and will stop Putin,” he added.

Group photo of NATO summit leaders at Mellon Auditorium.
Group photograph of NATO summit leaders at Mellon Auditorium.
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The US president appeared in good spirits on the imposing Mellon Auditorium, the identical place the place on April 4, 1949, the 12 founding international locations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) signed the so-called Washington Treaty, which gave delivery to the Alliance. The ornament of the venue was harking back to pictures from 75 years in the past. “Today, NATO is more powerful than ever, with the strength of 32 countries,” mentioned Biden, who considers the growth of the Alliance (with the incorporation of Finland and Sweden) and the unity proven in response to Russia as one among his nice achievements in international coverage. “It is good that we are stronger than ever, because this moment in history demands our collective strength,” he added.

The US president spoke in an lively tone, with out the hoarseness or cough that ruined the controversy on June 27, and with a coherent and error-free speech, learn, in fact, via the clear auxiliary screens that act as teleprompters. He barely seemed away from the teleprompter not even to award NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – who’s nearing the tip of his time period – the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian ornament.

The NATO summit has been singled out by the president himself as a chance to reveal his capability to guide the world's main energy. Biden has once more demonstrated, as he did in his State of the Union tackle final March, that he can convincingly learn a fastidiously ready speech. He has not made a single lapse or main mistake. That, nonetheless, might be not sufficient for individuals who level to his problem in stringing collectively an improvised speech. Thursday's press convention on the finish of the summit has been singled out as a extra appropriate alternative, however holding a press convention with out main blunders just isn’t a really excessive bar both.

Biden, in any case, has taken benefit not solely of his speech, however of your entire anniversary celebration to indicate his dedication to NATO. The president accuses his Republican rival of attempting to disengage from the Alliance. Perhaps because of this, from the introductory historic video, Biden has made an effort to indicate the consensus that has historically existed within the United States with respect to NATO. Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democrat John F. Kennedy had distinguished appearances.

The president additionally famous that 23 of the 32 member international locations are assembly the alliance's protection spending goal this 12 months of two% of their gross home product (GDP). Only 9 international locations met the goal when Biden took workplace in January 2021.

He additionally careworn the significance of the Atlantic Alliance within the present geopolitical context: “This is a crucial moment for Europe and the transatlantic community, and I would add for the world,” he mentioned on Tuesday.

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