President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke by telephone on January 5, 2023 to exchange views on Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. They reaffirmed their support for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. They reaffirmed their unwavering solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression.
President Biden and Chancellor Scholz expressed their joint determination to continue to provide the necessary financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support to Ukraine for as long as needed. To this end, the United States intends to supply Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and Germany intends to supply Ukraine with Marder infantry fighting vehicles. Both countries plan to train Ukrainian forces on the respective systems.
In light of Russia’s ongoing missile and drone attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, President Biden and Chancellor Scholz have affirmed their intention to further support Ukraine’s urgent need for air defense capabilities . At the end of December, the United States announced the donation of a battery of Patriot air defense missiles to Ukraine. Germany will join the United States in providing an additional Patriot air defense battery to Ukraine.
President Biden and Chancellor Scholz expressed their appreciation for the military support provided by other Allies and partners to Ukraine, endorsed the ongoing coordination efforts of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group and welcome additional donations of air defense systems and combat vehicles.