G7 summit in Japan to discuss providing Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets: European Council President makes statement
The President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel, said that the G7 summit of the leading Western industrialised countries in Japan will discuss the provision of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. The summit participants are closely coordinating to maintain a common approach to military support for our country.
Michel made this statement on Friday, May 19. It was reported by Handelsblatt.
According to the head of the European Council, this Friday will be an opportunity to discuss the transfer of fighter jets with US President Joe Biden and other summit participants and jointly consider what additional support is needed.
"It is quite obvious that Ukraine needs more military equipment," he said.
In recent weeks, the Biden administration has made it clear to European allies that the US will allow them to supply Ukraine with US-made F-16 fighter jets. The United Kingdom and the Netherlands confirmed on Tuesday that they would form an international coalition to help Ukraine acquire the F-16s, with France also backing them.
A group of Democratic and Republican US congressmen have called on US President Joe Biden to unblock the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Providing Ukraine with these helicopters is essential to effectively end this war.
Recall that the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has stated that the course of the full-scale war in Ukraine unleashed by the Russian Federation may be affected by the transfer of two or three squadrons of modern F-16 fighters to our Air Force. In Ukraine, a squadron is 12 aircraft, which means 24-36 units.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed at a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to work on creating an international coalition to purchase fighter jets for Ukraine. This was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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