President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday after a barrage of Russian missiles targeted cities across Ukraine, condemning the attacks and pledging continued US security assistance “including advanced air defense systems”.
During the call, a White House statement said, Biden “expressed his condemnation of Russia’s missile attacks across Ukraine, including in Kiev, and conveyed his condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured in these attacks.” senseless attacks. President Biden pledged to continue providing Ukraine with the support it needs to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.
The White House did not specify which air defense systems Biden discussed with Zelensky, but the United States previously pledged to provide Ukraine with National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems. NASAMS would be able to engage Russian cruise missiles.
Biden, the statement said, “also emphasized his continued commitment to allies and partners to continue imposing costs on Russia, holding Russia accountable for its war crimes and atrocities, and providing Ukraine with security, economic, and financial assistance.” and humanitarian”.
Asked whether the attacks of the past 24 hours would change the calculus of what the US would consider offering Ukraine, a senior administration official said they had no announcements to make on that front, but that the US would continue help to provide Ukraine with and long-range air defense systems, as has happened in the past.
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