The Biden administration is considering holding joint military maneuvers with Poland and Germany to send a “very clear” signal to NATO allies and “to Putin,” Boris Pistorius, the German defense minister said Sunday, Barron’s reported.
Pistorius said the maneuvers, which would be carried out in Poland, are being “considered” to show NATO “is far from being as weak as (Putin) has believed for a long time.”
The NATO alliance is “a lot stronger and more united than last year,” when the Russia/Ukraine conflict began heating up, Pistorius claimed. The German Defense Minister said the military maneuvers will help “countries in eastern Europe, like Poland, the Baltic states, Slovakia and others…see that Germany as the most important European member of the alliance, and the US as transatlantic partner, are upholding their defence obligations.”
The United States support of NATO member Ukraine has been overwhelming. On Sunday, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan refused to rule out long-term U.S. involvement in Ukraine.
When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash how long the U.S. will support Ukraine, Sullivan dodged giving an exact answer. “War is unpredictable. One year ago, we were all bracing for the fall of Kyiv in a matter — in a matter of days. One year later, Joe Biden was standing with President Zelenskyy in Kyiv declaring that Kyiv stands,” Sullivan responded.
“So, I cannot predict the future, and nor can anyone else. And anyone who is suggesting they can define for you how and when this war will end is not leveling with the American people or anyone else,” Sullivan added.
The national security advisor did not refute the idea that there could “still be a full-blown war going on a year from now.”
On Feb. 24, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky ridiculed Americans who believe the U.S. is giving too much support to his country. “If they don’t change their opinion, if they don’t support Ukraine, they will lose NATO and they will lose their leadership position in the world,” Zelensky said of Americans tired of Ukraine spending.
Zelensky’s comments came a day after the Biden administration’s treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, announced the White House is directing an additional $10 billion in funding to Ukraine.