EU and NATO discuss providing Ukraine with Western fighter jets

24 February, 02:55 PM
F-16 (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

F-16 (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

The EU and NATO countries are talking behind closed doors about providing Ukraine with Western fighter jets, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said in an interview with CNN news agency on Feb. 23.

“From (the Netherland's) perspective, there are no taboos,” Hoekstra said.

“But what we do need to take into account is that it's actually best to have these sensitive conversations first, with each other, behind closed doors.”

Hoekstra also said that "looking back," he would have wished the talks on providing Ukraine with tanks had started earlier.

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“(It is) because that would’ve mattered today on the battlefield for our Ukrainian friends,” he said.

Commenting on setting up a tribunal for Russian war criminals, Hoekstra said that ensuring Ukrainian victory is the top priority for him.

“The very first thing we need to do is make sure the Ukrainians are going to win this war,” the Dutch foreign minister said.

“When this is all said and done, it is of tremendous importance that we show to the world, like we did in the case of Nuremberg, like we did in the case of Tokyo, we show that justice will be done,” the minister added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukraine’s allied to provide his country with modern aircraft when he met with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London on Feb. 8. The UK prime minister announced in response the start of training of Ukrainian pilots and marines.

Upon making speeches in the parliament of the EU and during the EU summit on Feb. 9, Zelenskyy said that “some positive decisions (in regard to the fighter jet issue) were made behind the scenes.”

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