U.S. “adds $800 million to Ukraine”… UK promises to increase defense spending
France: “Russia can’t win”, Germany “Imperialism is Russia”
Western leaders attending the NATO summit condemned Russia for invading Ukraine on the 30th (local time) and confirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his determination not to be shaken by the threat of counter-attacking if military bases are deployed in Finland and Sweden, where they have applied for NATO membership.
U.S. President Joe Biden held a press conference in Madrid, Spain on the day the NATO summit ended, and announced that he would provide Ukraine with an additional $800 million in the near future.
This includes advanced air defense systems, artillery radar, and additional ammunition for the high-speed mobile artillery rocket system (HIMARS), Biden said.
“Ukraine has already dealt a serious blow to Russia,” Biden said, adding that the United States and all its allies will support Ukraine until it is certain that Ukraine has not been defeated by Russia.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he will increase defense spending to 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.
British defense spending is projected to reach 2.3% of GDP this year.
Johnson said the NATO summit members also knew they had to increase their defense spending.
NATO requires its members to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense, but only nine of its 30 member states have met this standard.
“The cost of freedom is always worth paying for freedom,” Johnson said. will come,” he warned.
French President Emmanuel Macron stressed that Russia’s victory in Ukraine’s war should not endanger EU security.
Macron said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made NATO stronger, adding that “with Finland and Sweden joining NATO, it sent a clear message that Russia had made a grave strategic error.”
President Macron said he plans to deliver six more Cesar self-propelled artillery to Ukraine, and that the EU must find additional routes to export grains stranded in Ukraine due to the Russian blockade.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Putin’s calling NATO “imperialist” “ridiculous” and accuses Russia of acting imperialist.
“The strengthening of NATO’s defense capabilities is for the safety of its member countries,” said Prime Minister Scholz, adding that Germany will deploy 15,000 armored divisions, a regional maritime command, 60 aircraft and 20 naval units to the front.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on member states to unite, saying that NATO should play a key role in preventing Russia’s war in Ukraine from spreading to other countries.
Stoltenberg called Russia’s war in Ukraine “the greatest renewal of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War.”
At the summit, NATO identified Russia as “the most serious and direct threat” and agreed to build military forces on the eastern front, from Romania to the Baltic states.
He also mentioned China for the first time in the newly adopted ‘Strategy Concept’ document, noting that “China’s explicit ambitions and coercive policies challenge our interests, security and values.”
As Turkiye (Turkey), who had opposed Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, withdrew such a position during a summit meeting, the two countries, which had maintained their neutrality for more than 70 years, were virtually confirmed.
(Correspondent Yoon-Jeong Choi in London, Yul Lee in Berlin, Kyung-Hee Kim in Washington and Hye-Ran Hyun in Paris)