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Stoltenberg explains how F-16s will change situation on battlefield

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 17:47
Stoltenberg explains how F-16s will change situation on battlefield
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Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, has said that the F-16 fighter jets, on which Ukrainian pilots are currently being trained, will strengthen Ukraine's air defence and help inflict greater losses on the occupation army of the Russian Federation.

Source: As European Pravda reports, he said this at a press conference in Brussels.

Quote: "The F-16s will make a difference. They will strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to inflict losses on the Russian invading forces. The F-16s will also help to further strengthen Ukraine’s air defence," Stoltenberg noted.

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At the same time, he emphasised that there is no single type of weapon capable of radically changing the situation on the battlefield.

"At the same time, I think we have to realise that this (the F-16s – ed.) is not a 'silver bullet'. There is no single system that, by itself, will fundamentally change the situation on the battlefield. This is a question of many different capabilities working together. At the same time, that will push the Russians back. We have to be prepared for a long and hard fight," the NATO Secretary General added.

Reminder: At the end of October, the US confirmed the start of flight training of Ukrainians on the F-16s.

Earlier, it also became known that the European F-16 Training Center (EFTC) was opened at Fetesti Air Force Base in Romania, where Ukrainian pilots will be trained.

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