: Biden defends giving Patriot antimissile system to Ukraine, as Zelensky visits

by | Dec 21, 2022 | Stock Market

President Joe Biden stood up for the U.S. decision to give a Patriot antimissile system to Ukraine but was cautious about promising other military systems, as he spoke Wednesday at a joint White House news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky’s visit to Washington, D.C., represents his first trip outside his country since Russia invaded it in February.

“It’s not escalatory. It’s defensive,” Biden said, when asked about how Russia might respond to the Patriot system. “We’d love for them to not have to use it — just stop the attacks.” The U.S. president also responded to a question about giving Ukraine more capabilities so it can liberate all of its territories sooner rather than later. Biden said giving Ukraine “material that is fundamentally different than what’s already going there would have a prospect of breaking up NATO and breaking up the European Union and the rest of the world.” He said allies are “not looking to go to war with Russia, not looking for a third world war.” In addition, Biden sounded upbeat when asked about whether international support for Ukraine could weaken next year. “I don’t see any reason to believe there’ll be any lessening of support,” he said. Ahead of the visit, Zelensky tweeted that he’s making the trip in order to strengthen his Eastern European nation’s de …

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