Biden accepts delivery of F-16 jets to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden signaled to G-7 leaders on Friday that he would give the green light to Western deliveries of fighter jets to Ukraine, including US F-16s, a senior White House official said on Friday, AFP and Reuters.

The American president, who is at the G-7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, assured his interlocutors that he supports “a joint initiative aimed at training Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation fighter jets, including the F-16”, the source said .

Joe Biden, who is orchestrating the Western response to Russia, is facing increasing pressure to authorize the sending of American F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, not by the US, but by other countries that have such planes, AFP notes.

“During the training period, in the coming months, our coalition of states participating in this effort will decide when to provide the planes, how many and who,” said the official.

Its wording – “when” and not “if” – is the most favorable signal from the United States, so far, regarding the delivery of these planes, insisted on by Kiev, AFP notes.

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