According to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, the possibility of sending combat aircraft to Ukraine is being considered, but they will not be provided now
Fighter Dassault Rafale
The US Department of Defense is considering sending fighter jets to Ukraine in the future, said the coordinator for Strategic Communications Officer at the White House National Security Council (NSC), John Kirby, reports Reuters.
However, this will not happen any time soon, he noted.
On July 20, The Washington Post wrote that the United States and its allies do not exclude the transfer of new American or European-made fighter jets to Kyiv and the training of the Ukrainian military. In particular, it can be the Swedish Saab Gripen fighter, the French Dassault Rafale or the fourth-generation Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, said the head of the US Air Force headquarters, General Charles Brown Jr.
In early March, Poland expressed its readiness to transfer its old MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine and asked for American F-16s in return. However, the administration of US President Joe Biden refused to contribute to this. The Pentagon, in particular, referred to the threat of increased tension between the United States and Russia. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that European allies could send combat aircraft to Ukraine, but the United States wants to avoid direct conflict with Russia.
On July 22, the United States announced another $270 million military aid package. up to 580 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems, four HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 36 thousand artillery ammunition and other weapons.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the West for supplying weapons to Ukraine. Moscow considers such cargoes to be its legitimate targets during the military operation in Ukraine. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed in early June that the goals of the operation would be achieved despite the supply of Western weapons.
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