The Ukrainian presidency’s office has recently announced that it is already engaged in expedited talks with the US government over the purchase of F-16 fighter jets. The announcement comes as Germany has reportedly countered the idea, saying that it is “not an option”.
The Ukrainian government’s move comes as the country is facing increased pressure from Russian forces at its borders. The F-16s are seen as a way to increase the country’s air defense capabilities and help protect it from potential Russian aggression.
The Ukrainian government has been pushing for the purchase of the F-16s for some time, and has been in talks with the US government since 2019. However, the talks have been slow-moving due to the high cost of the jets and the US government’s reluctance to provide military aid to Ukraine.
Germany, however, has reportedly voiced its opposition to the purchase of the jets, citing cost and security concerns. According to reports, the German government believes that the purchase of the jets would be too expensive for Ukraine and could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region.
Despite Germany’s opposition, the Ukrainian government remains committed to purchasing the F-16s. The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said that the jets are necessary for the country’s defense and that the purchase is a priority for his administration.
It remains to be seen if the Ukrainian government will be able to secure the purchase of the F-16s. However, the government’s commitment to the purchase shows that it is serious about protecting its citizens and defending its borders from potential Russian aggression.