Biden announces $800 million in new military aid package for Ukraine

Biden announces $800 million in new military aid package for Ukraine
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US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday at the conclusion of the Madrid NATO summit that the Pentagon would deliver a new military aid package to Ukraine worth "more than $800 million" (€760 million), Belga News Agency reports.

The new weapons package would include anti-aircraft defence, artillery and other equipment, but the full details will be unveiled "in the coming days," President Biden added in his speech.

So far, it has been reported that the package will include a new air defence system, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been demanding for months from Western countries, as well as more ammunition.

Since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, the White House has promised Ukraine arms and military equipment worth around 7 billion dollars (6.7 billion euros), a part of which has already been delivered.

"We will stand by Ukraine, and the whole Alliance will stand by it for as long as it takes to ensure it is not defeated by Russia," Biden highlighted in Madrid. "We will defend every inch of NATO territory. To attack one of us is to attack them all."

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For Mr. Biden, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has made Western allies "more united than ever", pointing to the will displayed by NATO members to now increase spending on defence.

The US President recalled that the United States would reinforce its military presence in Europe in reaction to the war in Ukraine initiated by Russia, in particular on the eastern flank of NATO.

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