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President Joe Biden expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, but reiterated that the United States would not deploy troops to Ukraine.

“Let each of us here tonight in this room, if you are able to stand up, stand up and send an unequivocal signal to Ukraine and the world,” he said — receiving a standing ovation rowdy members, many of whom wore blue and yellow in support of Ukraine Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, stood alongside First Lady Jill Biden to the applause of the chamber, holding the flag from his country.

“We, the United States of America, stand with the people of Ukraine,” Biden said.

But he added:

“Let’s be clear – our forces are not and will not be engaged in the conflict with Russian forces in Ukraine,” he told members of Congress gathered for his State of the Union address. American troops were deployed in Europe so as not to fight in Ukraine. , “but to defend our NATO allies in case Putin decides to keep moving west,” he said.

“To this end, we have mobilized US ground forces, air squadrons, ship deployments to protect NATO countries, including Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia,” he said. he added.

Article 5 of NATO: Earlier, Biden had said the United States would stick to the principle of NATO’s Article 5, which states that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all member countries.

In his Tuesday remarks, he pledged, “As I have made very clear, the United States and our allies will defend every inch of NATO nation territory with the full force of our collective power.”

He added that the United States and its allies are providing “more than $1 billion in direct assistance to Ukraine,” including military, economic and humanitarian assistance.

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