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U.S. Congressmen ask Biden to unblock F-16 deliveries to Ukraine – NYT

May 18, 2023

A group of 14 members of the U.S. Congress - Democrats and Republicans - has sent a letter to the Biden administration with a request to unblock deliveries of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.

This was reported by the New York Times.

"As we saw with the initial hesitancy by our allies to provide tanks to Ukraine, U.S. leadership is crucial for providing Kyiv with additional resources and new capabilities," the lawmakers wrote in the letter to the White House.

In their view, providing Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets is necessary to "effectively end this war on just terms".

As reported, several European countries are ready to transfer F-16 fighters to Ukraine, but the U.S. authorities still do not allow training of Ukrainian pilots on them.

On 16 May, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte agreed to work on the creation of a coalition for the transfer of F-16 fighters to Ukraine. At the same time, Britain is not planning to transfer the Typhoon fighters to Ukraine after the Ukrainian military said that it preferred the F-16 fighters.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 18/05/2023

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