‘We cannot allow the alliance to fall behind’: Biden hosts day two of NATO summit

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — International focus is on supporting Ukraine during day two of the NATO Summit in Washington D.C. President Joe Biden is leading the gathering and spoke about what comes next for the military alliance. 

“We cannot allow the alliance to fall behind,” Biden said. 

The president claims NATO is stronger now than ever, saying in the last few years the number of members spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense has more than doubled. 

“That’s not happened by chance, but by choice,” Biden said. 

Biden called out Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as significant threats to world peace. To counter them, he says NATO members have to invest more in defense production. 

“We’re investing in our future strength to ensure NATO will always be ready for whatever threats we will face,” Biden said. 

At the summit, the U.S. and other NATO allies are looking to boost support for Ukraine in its war with Russia. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced for the first time American made F-16 jets are on the way to Ukraine. 

“Those jets will be flying in the skies of Ukraine this summer, to make sure that Ukraine can continue to effectively defend itself against the Russian aggression,” Blinken said. 

Ukraine has been pushing to join the NATO military alliance. Leaders say while that won’t happen now, once the war with Russia ends Ukraine will be allowed to join the alliance. 

“Ukraine moves irreversibly along the path to membership,” Blinken said. 

However, American politics pose a risk to ongoing aid to Ukraine, with Republican support wavering. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the world is watching in anticipation of November’s presidential election and he pleads with leaders not to delay in sending aid. 

“To act and not to wait for November or any other months,” Zelenskyy said. 

He warns the world can’t be secure without U.S. leadership.

“It is America that keeps the freedom for the world,” Zelenskyy said. 

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