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Nato summit: Biden vows increased air defenses for Ukraine, reaffirms US’s commitment – Times of India



Nato summit: Biden vows increased air defenses for Ukraine, reaffirms US’s commitment – Times of India

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending Ukraine against Russia‘s invasion in the Nato summit in Washington.
“(Vladimir) Putin wants nothing less, nothing less, than Ukraine’s total subjugation … and to wipe Ukraine off the map,” Biden said.
He sought to reassure allies and the public amidst ongoing doubts about his fitness for office following a halting debate performance last month.Using the global platform, Biden demonstrated to allies both domestically and internationally that he remains capable of leading.
At the summit, held in the historic setting where NATO was founded, Biden delivered a carefully scripted speech, emphasizing the alliance’s strength and resilience. “Today Nato is stronger than it’s ever been in its history,” he proclaimed, framed by the gilded walls of federal hall.
The White House aimed to use this high-profile policy speech to reset Biden’s presidency after a challenging period, although some diplomats remained skeptical about its impact. Despite internal pressures, Biden has rebuffed calls to step aside and remains focused on defeating Republican Donald Trump in the upcoming election.
The centerpiece of the summit was the commitment to provide Ukraine with additional military and humanitarian aid. Biden, alongside leaders from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Romania, announced the delivery of strategic air defense systems to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities.
Meanwhile, concerns over Biden’s political durability lingered among NATO leaders, who face uncertainties over future U.S. leadership. As discussions on Ukraine’s NATO membership and Russia’s aggression dominated the summit, Biden’s ability to rally allies remained a focal point.
In addressing these concerns, Biden is set to hold a rare solo press conference on Thursday, seeking to alleviate doubts and reinforce his administration’s foreign policy priorities. However, amidst political turbulence in Europe and geopolitical tensions, the path forward for NATO and its stance against Russian aggression remains uncertain.

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