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The US Is Providing Ukraine An Anti-air Defence System

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  • The ability of the G-7 and other leaders to find solutions to the energy supply problems and the increasing prices once winter arrives
  • The U.S. has virtually terminated meaningful talks with Russia and is working to strengthen Ukraine's military capabilities as much as feasible.

According to a person familiar with the situation, President Joe Biden will soon declare that the U.S. will give Ukraine an advanced surface-to-air missile system and more artillery support as part of its latest effort to aid the country in fending off Russia’s four-month incursion.

According to the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the U.S. is purchasing NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system, to provide medium- to long-range protection. The same technology, NASAMS, is employed by the United States to safeguard the delicate airspace surrounding the White House and the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

To bolster Ukraine’s efforts to fend off Russia’s onslaught in the Donbas, further aid includes more ammunition for its artillery as well as counterbattery radars, the source said.

The declaration comes as Biden consults with allies this week about assisting Ukraine during meetings at the summit of the Group of Seven major economies in Germany and the annual meeting of NATO leaders in Madrid.

Leaders of the Group of Seven economic countries will gather in the German Alps and consult with Volodymyr Zelenskyy via video link as they prepare to commit to long-term support for Ukraine.

Ukraine will be the main topic of discussion when the G-7 leaders meet on Monday of their three-day meeting. Later, the leaders of India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal, and Argentina, five democratic rising nations, will join them for a conversation on climate change, energy, and other topics.

The G-7 leaders’ attention was already focused on the conflict in Ukraine as they began their meeting on Sunday at the exclusive Schloss Elmau hotel, just as Russian missiles struck Kyiv for the first time in weeks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “has been depending on, from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G-7 would fragment, but we haven’t and we’re not going to,” according to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The leaders were admonished by Boris Johnson of Britain not to succumb to “fatigue.”

They have the chance to show Zelenskyy their togetherness on Monday and reiterate their dedication to aiding Kyiv both materially and morally.

In an effort to dispel concerns about the coalition’s ability to continue as the conflict grinds into its fifth month, Biden plans to use his trip to Europe to declare the coalition’s unity and urge partners to take additional action.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is hosting the summit, stated last week that he wants to talk with his G-7 counterparts about the general elements of a “Marshall plan for Ukraine,” a reference to the U.S.-sponsored programme that aided in the recovery of the European economies following World War II.

It’s unlikely to be a precise plan at this point because the battle is still ongoing and the destruction is increasing every day. “Rebuilding Ukraine will be a challenge for generations,” according to Scholz.

The G-7 has already agreed to contribute to funding Ukraine’s immediate needs. In order to keep essential services running in Kiev and avoid tight finances from impeding its defence against Russian soldiers, the group’s finance ministers last month agreed to pay $19.8 billion in economic assistance.

Even while their positions can seem to differ, a senior U.S. administration official said the U.S. and Europe are united in their desire for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations between the G-7 leaders.

Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have made efforts to make that happen by having ongoing discussions with Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin while also arming Ukraine. In order to give Ukraine a better position at the negotiation table, the U.S. has virtually terminated meaningful talks with Russia and is working to strengthen Ukraine’s military capabilities as much as feasible.

The ability of the G-7 and other leaders to find solutions to the energy supply problems and the increasing prices once winter arrives, as they strive to disconnect from Russian supplies of fuel, may ultimately determine the viability of the punitive sanctions on Russia.

The G-7 summit is sandwiched between a NATO summit beginning on Tuesday in Madrid and an EU summit last week that decided to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership, beginning a process that will likely take years and is not assured to succeed.

The G-7 leaders—the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and Japan—may be hoping to make some headway in pulling their colleagues from the five guest countries closer to Western views on sanctions against Russia.

Scholz is also eager to gain the support of these nations for his proposal for a “climate club” for countries who want to move quickly to address the issue.

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