President Joe Biden told G7 leaders last week during a summit in Hiroshima, Japan, that he will support plans to get Ukraine F-16 fighter jets, and will begin training Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation aircraft in an effort to expel Russian forces from the country.
The training is expected to take place in Europe and is expected to take place over the coming months. American pilots will help train the Ukrainians. Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, confirmed the report to reporters. The BBC noted that F-16s are produced in the U.S. and Washington needs to give the approval for other countries to provide the jets.
“Now we have turned to discussions about improving the Ukrainian air force as part of our long-term commitment to Ukraine’s self-defense,” Sullivan said, according to the report. “As the training unfolds in the coming months, we will work with our allies to determine when planes will be delivered, who will be delivering them, and how many.”
Sullivan said Ukraine gave assurances that it will not use the jets for strikes on Russian territory.
Alexander Grushko, Russia’s Deputy foreign minister, said the move “carries enormous risks” for the West.
“In any case, we will take it into account when making plans. We have all the necessary means to achieve our goals,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is always a weapon short and a day late, tweeted to say he welcomed the “historic decision of the United States and @POTUS to support an international fighter jet coalition.”
He continued, “This will greatly enhance our army in the sky. I count on discussing the practical implementation of this decision at the #G7 summit in Hiroshima.”
Rishi Sunak, the British prime minister, tweeted: “The UK will work together with the USA and the Netherlands, Belgium, and Denmark to get Ukraine the combat air capability it needs.”
Biden announced another $375 million package of military aid for Ukraine that included artillery and armored vehicles, at the three-day G7 summit.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on how we are already in WWIII, and it will only become official after the first nuclear exchange. (See: “MORE GERMANS WANT PEACE, URGE NATO TO KEEP UKRAINE OUT” 16 May 2023, “SPAIN, U.S. GET TANKS READY FOR UKRAINE IN ANTICIPATION OF NEW OFFENSIVE” 25 Apr 2023 and “FIGHTER JETS COMING: UKRAINE ALLIES RAMPING UP THE WAR” 21 Mar 2023.)
We’ve noted that Poland and Slovakia were the first Western countries to approve fighter jets for Ukraine. Biden has faced pressure in Washington to provide these jets by the warmongers in Congress.
A “bipartisan” group of Senators sent President Joe Biden a letter calling for his administration to approve these F-16s. The letter was organized by Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., Politico reported. The letter said the F-16 would “be a significant capability that could prove to be a game changer on the battlefield.”
There are currently more fighter pilots in Ukraine than fighter jets to fly. The Ukrainian air force is generally comprised of Soviet-era Russian fighters, mainly the Mig-29, which first flew in 1977.
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said the fighter jets will be destroyed just like the other equipment from the West that have been sent into the country.
We’ve noted that the entire process has become something of a bad joke. Ukraine requests weapons that were once considered off-limits, and the West refuses. Then there are leaks that these weapons are being considered until another billion-dollar package includes them.
Al Jazeera said F-16s could offer Ukraine an edge over the Russian air force “but only if combined with powerful missiles and targeting information, which the West would also have to provide.”
But U.S. officials told the outlet that, at best, it will take up to 18 months to train Ukrainian pilots on the F-16s.
The Trends Journal has long forecast that the Ukraine War would have long ended had the United States, NATO, and its allies had not supplied Kyiv with hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons, money, intelligence, and military advisors.
And since the war began on 24 February 2022, we have continually noted that the United States and NATO have proclaimed that Ukraine would keep fighting and not discuss peace with Russia until they achieved their military goals.
Biden has insisted that U.S. forces will not conduct war against Russia in Ukraine and said Zelensky vowed that he will not use F-16s to strike targets inside Russia. (See “BIDEN PROMOTES NEVER-ENDING WAR IN UKRAINE. WRONG ABOUT RUSSIA” 28 Feb 2023, “BIDEN REPEAT: RUSSIA MUST LOSE UKRAINE WAR” 19 Jun 2022 and “BIDEN PROMISED TO DESTROY NORD STREAM 2 PIPELINE: VIDEO PROVES IT” 28 Mar 2023.)
And that the longer the war rages the greater the tensions would increase between Russia and the United States.