A senior US White House official told NHK in an interview in Hiroshima, where the G7 summit is being held, that European allies would provide Ukraine with the F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine says it needs to counterattack Russia. If you decide to
Kirby, the White House Strategic Public Relations Coordinator, who is accompanying US President Biden attending the G7 Hiroshima Summit, responded to an NHK interview in Hiroshima on the 19th.
In it, Kirby said of the U.S.-developed F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine is seeking to counter-offensive against Russia, “it is unlikely that European allies and friends are looking for any opportunities. I understand,” he said.
On top of that, he said, “We respect all decisions,” and indicated that if NATO = North Atlantic Treaty Organization member countries decided to provide F16 fighters to Ukraine, they would accept it.
Regarding F16 fighter jets, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Japan and participates face-to-face at the G7 Hiroshima Summit, it is believed that he will strongly request the United States and other NATO member countries to provide them. What is the United States’ position? It was noted whether to show.
Within Europe, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have shown a willingness to help with procurement, while the United States has so far reiterated its stance that it will not provide.
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In February, President Biden said, “There is no need at this time. In response, Sullivan said, “Nothing has changed. .
Furthermore, when asked if it would increase tensions with Russia, he said, “The capabilities provided by the United States to Ukraine do not enable attacks on Russian territory.” emphasized the support of
Britain, the Netherlands, and Denmark also announced their support
“Ukraine can count on the unwavering support of the Netherlands and its international partners. We are ready to work with our allies on the details,” he wrote.
According to the British think tank IISS = International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Netherlands has 42 F16 fighters, Belgium has 53, and Denmark has 44.
Although not owned by the UK, we are working to build an “international coalition” to support Ukraine’s procurement of fighter planes, and from this summer onwards, fighter pilot training for Ukrainian military pilots. It shows the policy to carry out
What is F16 fighter
The U.S. Air Force says, “It has excellent maneuverability and is effective in fighter-to-fighter combat and ground attacks, and can provide the United States and its allies with a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.”
According to the manufacturing company, the F16 fighter has been delivered to more than 25 countries and regions such as Belgium, the Netherlands, South Korea and Taiwan, and more than 3,000 are still in operation.
The U.S. government has said that prior approval is required for countries that possess weapons developed in the U.S. to transfer or sell them to a third country, and that U.S. approval is required to provide F16 fighter jets to Ukraine. there was.
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