“We’re going to stay with Ukraine, and the whole alliance is going to stay with Ukraine for as long as it takes, in fact, to make sure they’re not defeated,” Biden said.
Reiterating his commitment, Biden said American drivers would be forced to bear the costs of rising gasoline prices caused by the Russian invasion “for as long as it takes.” Russia, he added, “cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and go beyond Ukraine. It is a critical position, critical for the world.
Despite Biden’s statement about NATO’s resolve, there has been growing public divergence among allies over how long the war will last, how far Western governments will go to help Ukraine win, and what it might look like. exactly a victory.
Yet NATO leaders remained forceful in their official condemnations of Putin’s invasion, adopting a new “Strategic Concept” on Wednesday that called Russia “the most significant and direct threat to the security of the Allies”. as well as for peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area”. .”
On the same day, Biden announced that the United States planned to send more naval destroyers, air defense systems and redeploy troops further to Eastern Europe in the coming months.
US officials have also worked to assuage Turkish concerns over Finland and Sweden joining NATO member states; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had been angered by what he claimed was Helsinki and Stockholm’s support for Kurdish militants and arms embargoes in Ankara.
Erdoğan finally backed down from blocking membership offers from Finland and Sweden on Tuesday, as the Biden administration voiced support for Turkey’s purchase of around $6 billion in F fighter jets. -16 and modernization kits to Lockheed Martin. US officials have denied any link between the potential arms sale and NATO expansion.