US President Joe Biden has “so far” ruled out sending modern American fighter jets to Ukraine, despite repeated public calls from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He said this in an interview with ABC News , writes “European Truth”
“Look, we’re sending him what our seasoned military thinks he needs right now. He needs tanks, he needs artillery, he needs air defense, including another HIMARS,” Biden said.
“There are things that he needs now, and we are giving them to him so that they will be able to achieve success this spring and this summer, turning into autumn,” he added.
Asked if fighter jets are needed right now, Biden said: “No, he doesn’t need F-16s right now.”
The journalist asked if this meant that Ukraine would “never” receive the planes, and Biden replied that it was impossible to know exactly what Ukrainian defense would need in the future, but “there is no basis on which, in the opinion of our military, it was possible justify providing the F-16 now.”
“I’m ruling it out for now,” Biden said.
Recall that President Volodymyr Zelensky said that three more European countries, except for Poland, expressed their readiness to start training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.