The United States and its allies will soon decide who and how many will send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. This was announced on Friday, May 19, by presidential aide Jake Sullivan.
“As preparations are made in the coming months, we will work with our allies to determine when the aircraft will be delivered, by whom and in what quantity,” Sullivan said during a press briefing. .
He also emphasized that all fighters supplied by the US and other countries are subject to the obligation not to strike on Russian territory. Kyiv agrees to these demands, the assistant to the head of state added.
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Earlier in the day, Politico reported that US President Joe Biden was going to announce a new package military assistance to Kiev in the amount of $375 million at the G7 summit in Hiroshima. Together with future deliveries of F-16 fighter jets to Kyiv, the new aid package will be a demonstration of Allied support for Ukraine in the upcoming counteroffensive, the newspaper writes.
At the same time, in early May, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the issue of transferring F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine difficult, as he said in Helsinki at the summit of the countries of Northern Europe and Ukraine. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, in turn, said that Finland would not transfer its fighter jets to Ukraine, since it needs them itself.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence that the West would supply Kyiv with combat aircraft when Ukrainian troops went on the offensive.
However, back in March, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, pointed out: the US leadership believes that Ukraine will need fourth-generation fighters only in the future, and now it needs air defense systems.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support to Ukraine against the backdrop of Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass, which the Russian authorities announced on February 24, 2022 amid the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.Share: