Support for Israel will not come at the expense of support for Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said during a press conference with defense ministers and President Zelensky. They attended today’s NATO summit in Brussels. “The United States will help Ukraine as long as necessary,” Austin said.
The US has pledged military support to Israel, but plays a key role in supplying weapons to Ukraine. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said ahead of a press conference that he did not expect US support to cause a deficit for Ukraine.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said NATO must “stabilize and increase” its support for Ukraine. He expects several announcements in this area from member states during the summit. Stoltenberg said Russia will try to damage Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, as it did last year. Zelensky has also warned about this.
If Ukraine is able to defend itself against these types of Russian attacks thanks to Western arms supplies, the Ukrainian economy will also continue to perform well, Stoltenberg pointed out. This puts Kiev in a better position to maintain and strengthen its own military.
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