Biden announces NATO effort to supply Ukraine with more air defense systems

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday the United States would surge air defense systems to Ukraine along with a handful of NATO allies.

Ukraine has frequently and desperately stressed its need for both additional air defense systems and interceptors given Russia’s aerial attacks often targeting Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.

Biden announced this joint venture during remarks at the NATO summit where he also honored outgoing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S.

The U.S., the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Romania will provide Ukraine with five long-range air defense systems including an additional Patriot battery, according to a joint statement from the leaders of each country. Additionally, they plan to send Ukraine “dozens of tactical air defense systems.”

“We also welcome NATO’s work to support Ukraine’s
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