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The Netherlands plans to join the United States. and Germany to send the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke during a meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday.
“We intend to join what you are doing with Germany in the Patriots programme. I think that was important that we attended,” Rutte said, adding that he had already discussed the issue with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We cannot accept that Putin and Russia avoid this. Therefore, it is our responsibility to go to the courts to make sure that everything is in order,” said Rutte.
A Dutch defense ministry spokesman declined to comment beyond Rutte’s remarks.
Biden and Rutte “reaffirmed the historical relationship and shared values that bind” the United States and the Netherlands when they met on Tuesday. The White House said in the meeting papers.
The two leaders “review our steadfast political, security, economic and humanitarian support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s brutal war of aggression. including our efforts to hold Russia accountable for violations and war crimes committed by Russian forces.” “Increasing cooperation among other foreign policy priorities, including our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
More about missile systems: The Patriot radar system combines “surveillance, tracking and combat in one unit” as described by Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) which makes it stand out from other air defense systems The system’s involvement with incoming airborne threats is “almost free” in addition to wanting The Patriot — short for Phased Array Tracking Radar for target interception — is one of the most capable long-range air defense systems on the market.
CNN’s Haley Britzky contributed reporting to this post.