Sweden supports joint action to supply Ukraine with fighter jets

15 February, 10:36 PM
Ulf Kristersson and Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on February 15, 2023 (Photo:Office of the President)

Ulf Kristersson and Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on February 15, 2023 (Photo:Office of the President)

Sweden supports the creation of an international coalition for transfer Western fighter jets to Ukraine, Swedish PM Ulf Kristersson said during a press briefing in Kyiv on Feb. 15.

Kristersson recalled that Sweden doesn’t exclude the supply of fighter jets, but in order to achieve this, an international coalition must be created.

“We fully understand that for Ukraine this issue shouldn’t be dragging on,” the PM said.

Ulf Kristersson, who has been the head of the Swedish government since October 2022, arrived in Kyiv on Feb. 15. He and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed support for Ukraine, rebuilding of the Ukrainian energy system, economic cooperation, and also Kyiv’s European aspirations.

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“It is very important to ensure that the international community continues to support Ukraine, its integrity and independence,” Kristersson said.

“Ending Russia’s war against Ukraine is a matter of global security and peace.”

He also paid a visit to Borodyanka and the village of Kalynivka in Kyiv Oblast, which suffered Russian occupation in the early stages of the war.

U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have previously said they won’t transfer aircraft to Ukraine.

On Feb. 8, Zelenskyy made an official visit to the UK. The president met with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and addressed the Parliament.

Subsequent media reports said that Sunak instructed UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to look into which of its aircraft London could make available to Kyiv. A final decision is yet to be made, however.

After addressing the European Parliament and at the EU summit, Zelenskyy said that regarding fighter jets, there were “certain positive decisions” that have been made “behind the scenes.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that some European partners of Ukraine have already “taken up” the issue of fighter jets deliveries.

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