Ukraine should get fighter jets, but it’s a ‘long-term prospect,’ says Czech president

1 March, 04:48 PM
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Former NATO general and president-elect of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, has called for the earliest possible supply of weapons to Ukraine, German newspaper Zeit reported on March 1.

“In the long term, fighter jets should also be delivered to Ukraine,” he said.

However, he added that it should happen in six months or later.

“Because this requires the preparation of specialists, flight and ground personnel, logistics, ground security,” he said.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki earlier stated that Poland can hand over its F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine only in coordination with NATO.

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On Jan. 29, it became known that Poland provided Ukraine with a “certain amount” of MiG-29s under the guise of providing spare parts.

Earlier, U.S. news website Politico reported that European countries are discussing the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine after the decision to hand over tanks, but some NATO countries fear a possible escalation.

The Netherlands announced its readiness to provide its F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser John Feiner said Washington would be “very careful” discussing such an idea. And the deputy representative of the Pentagon, Sabrina Singh, when asked about the possibility of supplying fighter jets, said that the US “is not going to remove anything from the agenda.”

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