Russia: Giving F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine a ‘colossal threat’ | Russia-Ukraine conflict Information


Western nations ‘are nonetheless adhering to the escalation situation’ that dangers widening the Ukraine conflict in Europe, says deputy overseas minister.

Western nations can be working “colossal dangers” if they provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, a Russian official says.

Russian Deputy Overseas Minister Alexander Grushko was responding to a query on Saturday concerning the implications of offering the jets, which Ukraine has been requesting from NATO nations, the TASS information company reported.

Ukraine has not but received commitments to ship the planes, however US President Joe Biden instructed G7 leaders on Friday that Washington helps joint allied coaching programmes for Ukrainian pilots on F-16s, senior United States officers stated.

“We see that Western nations are nonetheless adhering to the escalation situation. It includes colossal dangers for themselves,” Grushko was quoted as saying.

“In any case, this can be taken under consideration in all our plans, and we now have all the required means to attain the targets we now have set.”

Alexandre Vautravers, editor-in-chief of the Swiss Army Evaluation, stated regardless of Russia’s warning Moscow was unlikely to escalate the state of affairs.

“Each time a brand new weapon system has been given to Ukraine, we now have heard plenty of rhetoric – however little or no in the way in which of motion from Russia,” he instructed Al Jazeera from Geneva. “I believe the rhetoric right this moment will not be a enough deterrence.”

Vautravers added Kyiv can be going through vital technical points that wanted to be addressed for the F-16 fighters.

“It’s quickly working out of air defence missiles, and it’s essential to plug within the holes of Ukraine’s air defence with these plane,” he stated.

‘Mandatory to enhance’

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has for months known as for the availability of superior fighter jets to assist Ukraine’s defences in opposition to Russia’s invasion.

However the Ukrainian chief had confronted rejection till now from his Western allies who feared offering Ukraine with superior offensive weapons could possibly be met with an escalation by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the unfold of the conflict in Europe.

Zelenskyy on Saturday thanked British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on the G7 summit in Japan for his
assist in forming a coalition to ship Western fighter jets.

“It’s needed to enhance [Ukraine’s] air defence capabilities, together with the coaching of our pilots,” Zelenskyy wrote on his official Telegram channel.


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