New differences have emerged among Kyiv’s allies over aid, with the US’s Joe Biden ruling out F-16s but France’s Emmanuel Macron saying “nothing is excluded”.
Debate on jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains
Ukraine’s defence minister is expected in Paris to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid a debate among Kyiv’s allies over whether to provide fighter jets for its war against Russia, after US President Joe Biden ruled out giving F-16s.
Ukraine planned to push for Western fourth-generation fighters such as F-16s after securing supplies of main battle tanks last week, an adviser to Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Friday.
Asked at the White House on Monday if the United States would provide F-16s, Biden told reporters: “No.”
But France and Poland appear to be willing to entertain any such request from Ukraine, with Macron telling reporters in The Hague that “by definition, nothing is excluded” when it comes to military assistance.