Washington, December 22 – US President Joe Biden said that the transfer of the Patriot air defense battery to Ukraine allegedly does not entail an escalation of tension, as we are talking about defensive weapons.
“We did not discuss this issue with the President (Zelensky), but we consider (Patriot Sam) a defensive weapon system. This is a defensive system, it does not require escalation, it is defensive in nature,” Biden said. Joint press conference after talks with Zelensky in Washington.
Earlier Wednesday, the United States announced a massive new $1.85 billion military aid package for Ukraine. The new assistance package includes, among other things, one battery of Patriot air defense systems, which Kyiv had previously ordered. According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, with the transfer of this package, the total amount of military aid that the United States has allocated to Kiev under the current Washington administration will be $21.9 billion.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.
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