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  • Dmytro Kuleba: Ukraine is defending Europe, and providing F-16s will be an investment of the decade in the continent’s security
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, posted 24 April 2023 13:18

    The provision of advanced fighter aircraft to Ukraine will be the best investment in the long-term security of the European continent and should be approved as soon as possible.

    Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, April 24.

    “There are no rational arguments why Ukraine should not receive modern Western fighter aircraft, and I am convinced that this decision will be made. Ukraine is Europe’s defender. Providing Ukraine with F-16s will be the best investment of this decade in the security of the European continent,” said Dmytro Kuleba.

    The Minister expressed his conviction that the EU countries could play a leading role in the decision to provide Ukraine with modern combat aircraft, thus demonstrating their strategic leadership.

    “It is necessary to start training Ukrainian pilots on Western aircraft as soon as possible, so that when they are provided we can use them immediately. This will save the lives of our soldiers and civilians and ensure Ukraine’s air superiority over the enemy,” the Minister said.

    The Minister also stressed that the provision of F-16s to Ukraine and the integration of air and missile defence between Ukraine and neighbouring EU countries would complete the formation of a peaceful European sky infrastructure.