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General Secretary of NATO does not rule out member states sending fighters to Ukraine

Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 19:36

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, did not rule out the possibility that the allies would decide to send Western-type fighters to Ukraine.

Source: Stoltenberg in an interview with The Guardian, reports European Pravda 

The NATO Secretary General did not rule out member states going further in supplying weapons and sending F-16s or other Western aircraft to Ukraine, following President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's emotional call for "wings for freedom" in February.

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"We should continue to address the need for more capabilities," Stoltenberg said, highlighting that despite an initial apparent refusal by the US president, Joe Biden, to release the US-made fighters, "no decisions have been made on F-16s".

This month, Poland and Slovakia agreed to provide 17 Soviet MіG-29 fighters, but the total number of available aircraft is small.

On Wednesday 22 March, it was discovered that for the last month and a half, Ukrainian pilots have been training to operate multipurpose Mirage 2000 fighter jets in France.

Recently, France has been gradually abandoning the Mirage in favour of the Rafale, but the Mirage 2000-C modification is considered a pretty good aircraft, which after additional repairs can be sold to interested countries.

Earlier, American media reported that two Ukrainian pilots were already in the United States to assess their skills, and, according to CNN, ten more could join them.

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