Biden: New support to Kiev. “Russia is failing and Ukraine will remain free” | EUROtoday

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The leaders of the 32 NATO international locations lined up on the stage, coming into one after the other, to rejoice the seventy fifth anniversary of the Atlantic Alliance, at this time on the middle of unprecedented development and one of many best challenges in its historical past, the Russian conflict in Ukraine. At the middle was the host, President Joe Biden, himself on the middle of a political and private disaster, besieged by doubts concerning the fragility of his management at 81 years of age. They had been accompanied by solemn music, performed by the army band in pink gala uniform. Under the stage, a slogan stands out that’s meant to be a declaration of dedication to centrality: Defending our future.

Resilience after 75 years

The picture evoked, within the huge corridor of the Andrew G. Mellon Auditorium, is that of resilience: right here was signed the unique treaty that gave start to NATO in 1949, underneath the presidency of Harry Truman. The lights dim and a video montage of historic moments for the alliance runs, in black and white and shade to indicate the passage of time and the adjustments, from the Cold War and the Berlin Wall to terrorism and at this time to Ukraine invaded by Vladimir Putin. Among the flashes, Biden who in June of this 12 months signed a ten-year bilateral safety settlement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It is the image of tenacity that Biden – and NATO – need to ship, throughout a three-day summit that intends to launch new support to Kiev and an elevated function of the Atlantic Alliance in coordinating army provides and coaching Ukrainian forces, making a “bridge” in direction of the progressive integration of Kiev and in direction of its future admission into NATO. The latter, though nonetheless cautious and with out dates, must be outlined as an “irreversible” path by the ultimate communiqué of the summit. All strikes that symbolize a warning to Putin.

Honor for Stoltenberg

The celebrations had been opened by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who will hand over the reins to Mark Rutte in October. Then Biden did the honors. In closing, he supplied Stoltenberg the best American civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And he delivered a speech with assured tones, in an try to push back inner criticism and worldwide nervousness about his situation, together with rebellions within the Democratic Party that want to change him as a candidate within the November elections for worry of being defeated by the isolationist Donald Trump.

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Biden doesn’t make any false steps and intones that “this moment requires our collective strength” and claims, alongside Ukraine's braveness, the assist supplied by NATO. He assures that it will proceed and enhance: Kiev will obtain inside a couple of months “dozens of new tactical anti-aircraft defense systems” from the allies. A reinforcement sanctioned by a collective announcement with the US of Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and Ukraine. The 5 NATO international locations affirm particularly provides of some strategic techniques, together with Patriot and a SAMP-T system donated by Italy. Biden defines the dedication as “historic”. And guarantees that “he can stop Putin and he will”.