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Reed Lauds Biden’s Galvanizing Effect on NATO

[Sen. Reed's Office] U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, far left, second row, with several Senators at the NATO summit in Washington, DC. At center are Senators Dem. majority leader Chuck Schumer and GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell.
[Sen. Reed's Office] U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, far left, second row, with several Senators at the NATO summit in Washington, DC. At center are Senators Dem. majority leader Chuck Schumer and GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell.
[Sen. Reed’s Office] U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, far left, second row, with several Senators at the NATO summit in Washington, DC. At center are Senators Dem. majority leader Chuck Schumer and GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell.

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, returned from meetings with counterparts among NATO allies and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this week, lauding President Joe Biden’s galvanizing influence on the alliance.

“For 75 years, NATO has served America’s security interests well.  The transatlantic alliance has been a bulwark against tyranny and a force for global security, stability, and prosperity.

“President Biden deserves credit for rebuilding and galvanizing NATO.  Thanks in large part to his leadership, the NATO military alliance is more united and more powerful today than it was just a few years ago.  But it also faces new threats and challenges, and this summit is not just a celebration of the past, but an opportunity to strategically plan for the future and ensure effective coordination and cooperation among our allies,” Reed said.

During the summit, the alliance welcomed the addition of Sweden as its 32nd member. Finland joined in April 2023. Russia has threatened both countries in an apparent attempt to dissuade them from joining the alliance as it continues its invasion of Ukraine.

NATO Allies United In Deterring Unlawful Invasions

Reed said NATO members continue to demonstrate solidarity and an increasing commitment to improving readiness of their forces and integrating new technologies, working to modernize all elements of military power, including investing in force structure, cutting-edge technologies, and the implementation of the Alliance’s historic new regional defense plans.

“There can be no doubt: the security of the United States and Europe is deeply intertwined and it is in our shared interest to help keep the free world safe from unlawful invasions like Russia’s appalling war against Ukraine,” Reed said.

“We stand in unity and solidarity in the face of a brutal war of aggression on the European continent and at a critical time for our security.  We reaffirm the enduring transatlantic bond between our nations,” NATO stated on its website following the summit.

Reed noted Russia’s aggression against Ukraine had strengthened NATO and weakened its own political and economic standing.

“When Vladimir Putin ordered the bloody assault on Ukraine, he hoped to fracture the NATO alliance and undermine Europe’s stability and prosperity.  Two and a half years later, NATO solidarity has been strengthened; two new members – Sweden and Finland – have joined NATO; and NATO countries are reducing their dependence on Russian oil and gas. Moreover, our NATO allies are resolute in delivering powerful financial, civil, and military tools to help Ukrainians defend themselves from Putin’s illegal invasion,” Reed wrote, “This is a critical point in Ukraine’s fight against Russia, as well as NATO’s leadership on the global stage. America and our fellow NATO allies must continue to stand together and support the Ukrainian people.

 

 

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