Head of the Pentagon, Unveiling Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Ramstein, Lists Five Key Reasons for Ukraine's Defense
The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, delivered a speech at the "Ramstein" contact group meeting in Brussels, where he outlined five crucial points that make Ukraine's struggle against Russian invasion significant for the world. The relevant video was posted on the YouTube channel of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
In his address, Lloyd Austin emphasized that everyone present understands the importance of the situation and the significant role that defending Ukraine plays. According to the U.S. Defense Secretary, firstly, the conflict in Ukraine poses a serious threat to security in Europe, and this is evident.
Secondly, Ukraine is important because Russian aggression presents a challenge to U.S. allies in NATO.
Thirdly, the defense of Ukraine is essential due to Russian crimes against the civilian population, which violate common values and threaten the rule of law.
Fourthly, Ukraine is significant because Russian attacks on Ukrainian grain lead to hunger and suffering for innocent people worldwide.
Fifthly, Ukraine matters because if major powers can act aggressively towards their peaceful and democratic neighbors with impunity, it will undermine the legal order established to ensure global stability after World War II.
"This is what unites us once again. And, as I've stated before, I firmly believe that our support for freedom in Ukraine will remain steadfast at all times and under any circumstances," added the head of the Pentagon.
Lloyd Austin also had a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as reported by the Office of the President of Ukraine. He informed the President about the progress in providing additional air defense systems. In turn, Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Lloyd Austin for the unwavering defense and political support from the United States.
"Winter is a great test. We truly need the help of our partners to protect critical infrastructure. Air defense is not just a military matter. It affects the normalcy of life, how the economy operates, how taxes are paid, and how we defend ourselves against Russian aggression. It also determines how many people will return to Ukraine from abroad," noted Volodymyr Zelensky.
The President of Ukraine also expressed gratitude to the United States for a new package of military assistance and informed about the urgent needs of the Ukrainian army. He specifically emphasized the importance of supplying frontline air defense systems, electronic warfare systems, and artillery ammunition.