The Alliance will form four new groups of troops – in Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.
The White House issued a statement by President Biden in connection with the emergency NATO summit in Brussels.
“Exactly a month ago, Russia launched an unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, and the leaders of the NATO countries met to confirm their strong support for the Ukrainian people and our determination to hold Russia accountable for the brutal war unleashed by it and our commitment to strengthening NATO,” the document says.
President Biden, in particular, stressed: “We had the honor to listen directly to President Zelenskiy, and we will continue to support him and his government, providing (Ukraine) with significant assistance, which will only increase, to fight Russian aggression and protect Ukraine’s right to self-defense.”
As noted in the statement, over the past few weeks, the United States has announced a new $1 billion package of defense assistance to Ukraine, including supplies of anti-aircraft systems, anti-tank weapons, drones and millions of rounds of ammunition to Ukraine.
The White House welcomes the steps taken by NATO allies to support Ukraine in the defense sphere.
“Together we are going to determine which additional weapons, including air defense systems, should be sent to Ukraine,” the document says.
President Biden stresses that the leaders of the NATO countries “discussed the work to strengthen the collective defense of NATO, especially on the eastern flank.”
“The North Atlantic Alliance is stronger and more united than ever. Immediately after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we activated the NATO defense plans and the NATO Rapid Reaction Force. The United States has deployed thousands of troops and additional military equipment to Europe. We also welcome the additional forces that our allies have deployed,” the president said.
The document says that NATO leaders “announce the creation of four new groups of NATO troops – in Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, and this is a convincing signal that NATO countries intend to jointly defend every inch of the territory of the alliance member countries.”
In the period before the next NATO summit, scheduled for June, it is planned to develop the allocation of additional troops and funds to strengthen the alliance’s defense.
The document also emphasizes that NATO countries “must adopt a new, updated strategic defense concept to ensure readiness … to respond to any new challenge against the backdrop of ever-increasing security threats.”