Ukraine in talks with allies over supply of tactical aviation

4 February, 07:13 AM
Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Ukraine is negotiating with its allies to find a platform for the transfer of tactical aviation to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said during a press-conference on Feb. 3.

“Whether it’s F-16s or Gripens (Swedish-made fighter jets) – is a matter of discussion with partners from NATO countries," said Reznikov.

On Jan. 26, Politico reported that European countries are discussing the transfer of fighter jets to Ukraine after their decision to supply tanks, but some NATO countries remain hesitant.

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On Jan. 30, U.S. President Joe Biden told journalists the United States will not supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov subsequently pointed out that supplying every other major type of heavy military equipment, like HIMARS and main battle tanks, also was initially ruled out by Kyiv’s patterns, suggesting that F-16s could eventually be made available to Ukraine.

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