Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine
US President Joe Biden said on Monday: He will not send US warplanes to Ukraine, although the US will increase military aid in the form of artillery and tanks.
“No,” Biden said when asked by a reporter if he would send F16 jets to Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has searched for fighter jets to help support his war effort against Russia. Biden keeps saying planes are not on the table. Although he is helpful in other areas.
For example, last week Biden announced it would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. Although high-ranking US officials I will say that before heavy tanks were not suitable for the country’s army.
On the South Lawn of the White House, Biden said: He is unsure whether he will visit Europe next month on the first anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine.
In answering a separate question, Biden said he was planning to visit Poland. but not sure when
CNN reported last week that the White House was exploring the possibility of Biden visiting Europe to mark the 12-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Some background: Ukrainian leader appeals to Western warplanes “I sent a wish list card to Santa Claus last year. and fighter planes as well. [were] Also included in this wish list,” Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said. told CNN last week.
John Kirby, spokesman for the US National Security Council notified on Friday that Zelensky asked for a fighter jet. “We are continuing to talk to the Ukrainian people about their needs. and want to make sure that we are doing the best we can to meet them. and if we can’t Some of our alliances and partners are able to do that,” Kirby said.