The issue is "on the table": General Milley explained the US position on providing ATACMS to Ukraine
Ukraine will receive US F-16 fighter jets "shortly". A decision on the transfer of ATACMS tactical missile systems to the Ukrainian army has not yet been made.
Discussions on these missiles are ongoing, and US President Joe Biden has not yet said his final word. This was stated by the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley in an interview with the Al-Mamlaka Jordanian channel.
Milley noted that the issue of transferring F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine "is moving forward."
"F-16. It's moving forward. There is a training program and they will probably get F-16s ... in the not-too-distant future," the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff noted.
However, the issue of transferring ATACMS long-range tactical missile systems is still being hotly debated. Ukraine has been repeatedly asking for these systems to hit the rear of the enemy. Their range reaches 300 kilometers depending on the modification.
"They received long-range artillery with the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), and the British provided other types of capabilities that other countries have. So they got a lot of artillery," Milley said, noting that "ATACMS is a controversial topic."
According to the U.S. general, Ukraine has not received ATACMS for many reasons, and the issue is still "on the table."
"President Biden has not said either 'no' or 'yes' yet," Milley said.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky revealed the details of receiving F-16 Western fighter jets. He said that Ukraine hoped to receive only 12 American fighter jets F-16. However, as a result, the transfer of more than three dozen of these airplanes has been agreed.
Denmark volunteered to hand over 19 fighter jets, while the Netherlands agreed to transfer 42. The mass media also reported that Norway would transfer F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but it is still unknown how many of them will be given.
It became known that the United States decided to train Ukrainians on F-16. Training will begin in the fall.