Germany’s participation in the possible international supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine is out of the question, as Berlin does not have those aircraft in the first place, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sunday.
Everyone knows that we do not have such jets, Scholz told German broadcasters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Japan’s Hiroshima, adding that Germany will continue supporting Ukraine in other ways, including by sending financial and humanitarian aid and weapons.
Scholz also said that the training programs announced by the USA and some European countries for Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16’s would send an important message to Russia.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden has informed the Group of Seven (G7) leaders that the United States will support the efforts together with its allies to train Ukrainian pilots to operate F-16 fighter jets.
Western countries have been supplying military aid to Ukraine since the start of the conflict with Russia last February. The aid evolved from lighter artillery munitions and training in 2022 to heavier weapons, including tanks, later that year and in 2023.
So far, Poland has handed over all of its MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine, President Andrzej Duda told reporters on Wednesday.
We handed over to Ukraine almost all of our MiG-29’s, which Ukraine asked us to do, Duda said, adding that Poland is not ready to supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets.
Since Russia started special military operation to protect the people of Donbass over $70 billion in security assistance has been delivered to Kiev.
Western countries are supplying sophisticated weaponry, including Leopard and Challenger 2 tanks and ammo for HIMARS.
While the USA is a top supplier of weapons to Kiev regime, Poland also actively participates in proxy conflict against Russia and is in Top-5 list of providers military aid to Ukrainian militants.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2023.