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NATO countries discuss supply of fighter jets to Kiev

NATO countries are discussing the supply of fighter jets to Kiev, despite concerns about a possible escalation of the conflict.

This is reported by the Politico portal with reference to military officials and diplomats.

According to one of the publication’s interlocutors, earlier Washington told Kiev that now the supply of military aircraft is impossible. “It’s a red line”, but that’s changing. In the summer, this was the case with HIMARS, which Kiev finally received. Then the same thing happened with the tank supply issue, he said.

However, the issue of sending fighters, the newspaper writes, will be even more controversial than the supply of Western-type tanks to Kiev.

According to Politico, so far only the Netherlands has declared itself ready to supply Ukraine with its F-16 fighter jets. Last week, the country’s Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra told parliament his cabinet would consider supplying the fighters if Kiev made such a request.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ruled out the supply of fighter jets to Kiev the day before, citing the need to prevent a further escalation of the conflict, the portal writes.

Washington holds the same position. Earlier, the United States said the supply of aircraft “is ruled out at this time.”

In addition, according to experts, the most massive NATO fighters, the F-16 and F-15, are not quite suitable for Ukraine due to the high maintenance requirements and especially the airfields, of which reconstruction in Ukraine will be easy for Russian intelligence services. hunt them down and hit them.

According to Politico, Swedish Greenpans are better suited. However, Swedish Defense Minister Paul Jonsson told Politico that Sweden “has no immediate plans to send Greenpen to Ukraine.”

According to the publication’s interlocutors, the upcoming meeting of the contact group on military assistance to Ukraine at the Ramstein base in Germany will not take a fundamental decision on the supply of military aircraft to Kiev. Some officials believe the meeting will focus on developing a contingency plan for when Ukraine might be in dire need of fighter jets.

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