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NYT: Western allies in serious disagreement over supplying Ukraine with F-16 fighters KXan 36 Daily News

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 22:44:14

Several European allies are ready to transfer their F-16s to Ukraine. But the Biden administration, which must approve any shipment of US-made aircraft, remains unconvinced Ukraine needs the expensive jets that are a staple of many modern military arsenals, the publication notes. Washington’s skepticism runs so deep that Kiev’s pilots are currently not even allowed to train on F-16s owned by European states, according to a senior Ukrainian official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive issue candidly. diplomatic.

The US reluctance to allow training will severely limit a possible new European coalition to help Ukraine obtain and use F-16s, either in the current conflict or to defend against any future challenges from Moscow, the NYT believes. In Washington, a senior US official told the publication that the Biden administration remains reluctant to send its own F-16s to Ukraine, in part because the plane’s multi-billion dollar price tag would suck too much out of the “already depleting cauldron of military forces.” . funds.” Instead, according to the US official, the White House is more concerned with expediting the delivery of other US weapons to Ukraine in time for the counteroffensive against Russia, and “in any case, the planes will not arrive on the battlefield during at least several months, presumably long after it starts.”

This is not the first time the Biden administration has resisted allied demands to send Ukraine more powerful and sophisticated weapons. In each case, Washington’s approach eventually changed, with the US administration allowing powerful HIMARS rocket launchers, Abrams tanks, and Patriot air defense missiles to be transferred to Ukraine. It could happen this time too. The US administration official did not rule out the Biden administration eventually issuing re-export licenses to the European military, allowing them to transfer their F-16s to Ukraine.

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