President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States will not provide F-16 fighter jets to the United States. Ukraineappears to be refusing important demands from the country to fend off Russian aggression.
Kyiv has made it clear that it wants a fighter like the F-16. US announced last week Transfer approval M1 Abrams battle tankYury Sak, an adviser to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, said: told CNBC last week“Get the F-16.”
But Mr. Biden threw cold water on that idea on Monday. When asked on the South Lawn of the White House whether the United States would provide F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, he said “no.”
U.S. officials have previously seemed open to that possibility.
Last week, White House Deputy National Security Advisor John Feiner told MSNBC that the United States would “very cautiously” discuss the idea of supplying fighter jets to Ukraine with Ukraine and its allies.National Security Council John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the We have constant discussions and conversations,” he said.
But the US has reversed the course of other capabilities against Ukraine. abrams tank The Patriot Missile Defense System that finally delivers them.
last week, president announced The United States is sending 31 top-of-the-line M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine to meet key demands. That was after Germany announced that it would provide 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, allowing allies to re-export their own tanks.
The president said the move “builds on the efforts and commitments of the United States and other countries around the world to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Biden also said on Monday that he would be traveling to Poland soon, but he said he didn’t know when the trip would be.
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