Since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO countries have continued to send weapons to Ukraine and continue to “fire”. An article published by the US media revealed that NATO may deliver F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine in early 2024. And the specific timetable will be discussed at the NATO summit in July.
According to the US media outlet Politico, an unnamed Western official told the media that supplying Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets will be one of the topics discussed at the NATO summit next month. According to reports, the delivery of fighter jets may start in early 2024. But the specific delivery schedule has not yet been determined. The Netherlands and Denmark may be the countries providing F-16 fighters. While Romania may undertake the task of training Ukrainian pilots.
Regarding NATO’s plan to provide U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on the 16th June. That Russia has sent a very serious diplomatic note to the U.S. side. He said that if it sees F-16 fighter jets flying over Ukraine and poses a threat to Russia. Then Russia will respond militarily and technically.
In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin has also warned that if F-16 fighters appear in the Ukrainian armed forces. They will “burn” like the German “Leopard” tanks. Putin emphasised that if the warplanes supplied to Ukraine are deployed at air bases outside Ukraine but are used in hostilities. Then Russia will have to consider how and where to strike these weapons.