Delivery of F-16s to Ukraine will start as soon as possible – NATO Secretary General

Delivery of F-16s to Ukraine will start as soon as possible – NATO Secretary General

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The delivery of F-16s, which can change the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine, will begin as soon as possible.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this at a press conference following the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ukrinform reports.

“I welcome of course the decision by NATO Allies, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway to deliver F-16’s. I welcome the fact that training of F-16 pilots have already started and just a few weeks ago, a centre for training pilots also [was] established in Romania. I’m not able to give you an exact date, but I hope the delivery can start as soon as possible. The planes are there. But what needs to be done is to train the pilots and that's ongoing,” he said.

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According to Stoltenberg, the centre has been established in Romania and the United States has also made it clear that NATO Allies are allowed to deliver F-16’s to Ukraine.

“It is important that of course F-16’s will make a difference. They will strengthen Ukraine's capacity to inflict losses on the Russian invading forces. And F-16’s will also help to further strengthen Ukraine's air defences,” he said.

At the same time, Stoltenberg said that “we need to now realise that there is not a silver bullet, not a single system that by itself will change fundamentally the situation on the battlefield”.

“This is a question of many different capabilities are working together at the same time that will push the Russians back. We have to be prepared for a long and hard fight,” he stressed.

As reported, Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat said that F-16 fighter jets can change the course of the war very seriously, as they will help push back Russian aircraft and cover Ukrainian ground troops from the air.

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