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    Netherlands Says It Will Send Patriot Assistance to Ukraine

    Netherlands Says It Will Send Patriot Assistance to Ukraine

    — Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the Netherlands plans to “join” the U.S. and Germany's efforts to train and arm with advanced Patriot defense systems.

    Rutte in a brief appearance with Biden did not detail whether the Dutch are expected to send Patriot systems, take part in training or offer some other assistance related to deployment of Patriots. Rutte said he also spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday about the Netherland's efforts.

    “We have the intention to join what you are doing with Germany on the Patriot project,” Rutte said. “I think that it's important we join that and I discussed it also this morning with Olaf Scholz of Germany.”

    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that Biden and Rutte discussed ongoing efforts with Patriots, but referred questions about the Netherlands' intentions to the Dutch government, which did not immediately provide clarity.

    Rutte spoke about the potential assistance as Ukrainian troops arrived at Oklahoma's Sill Army base to begin training on operating and maintaining the Patriot missile defense system. The Patriot is the most advanced surface-to- missile system the West has provided to Ukraine to help repel Russian aerial attacks.

    “Training has begun,” Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said. “As we've talked about…

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