NATO summit: Ukraine transferring ‘nearer’ to membership

July 10, 2024

Blinken says F-16 jets from Denmark, Netherlands en route to Ukraine

F-16 fighter aircraft are en route to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced during the NATO summit on Wednesday.

The first batch of the US-built fighter planes were already being transferred, Blinken said.

“And those jets…will be flying in the skies of Ukraine this summer to make sure that Ukraine can continue to effectively defend itself against the Russian aggression.”

The F-16 transfer “concentrates Vladimir Putin’s mind on the fact that he will not outlast Ukraine, he will not outlast us and, if he persists, the damage that will continue to be done to Russia and its interests will only deepen,” Blinken said.

“The quickest way to get to peace is through a strong Ukraine.” 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the US, Denmark and the Netherlands for strengthening Ukraine’s air force.

“I am grateful to the United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands for taking practical steps to achieve the goal of all Ukrainians,” he said on X, formerly Twitter.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store announced that his country also intends to supply Ukraine with F-16s.

“Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against air attacks is crucial in its battle against Russia,” Støre said in a statement. No date was given for the delivery, but the prime minister said it would happen this year.