Next Ramstein Meeting to Take Place September 19

Thursday, 31 August 2023

The fifteenth Ramstein meeting is scheduled offline on September 19.

As the press service of the United States Air Forces in Europe informed Radio Liberty, the Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin, has once again invited defence ministers and senior military officials from around the world for an offline meeting on September 19.

The announcement mentions that the participants will discuss the "current crisis in Ukraine and various security challenges" faced by the allies and partners of the United States.

The Ramstein format, which brings together over 50 countries, was initiated to collectively support Ukraine and meet the defence needs of the Ukrainian military amid the full-scale invasion by Russia.

As was previously reported, the Biden administration was working with Congress to secure additional funding for Ukraine.

Earlier, the Pentagon stated that they have guaranteed funding for military support to Ukraine until September 30.

In early August, the Biden administration requested Congress to allocate over $22 billion by the end of the year to back Ukraine.

Media outlets speculate that approving these funds might be more challenging this time compared to previous instances.

Republicans in Congress are under significant pressure to support their fellow party member, former President Donald Trump, who questioned the necessity of providing such substantial assistance to Ukraine. Additionally, support for aiding Ukraine among American voters has decreased.

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