“Not Ruling Out” Sending Jets To Ukraine, Says UK Minister

'Not Ruling Out' Sending Jets To Ukraine, Says UK Minister

The UK’s Hurricane and F-35 fighter jets are extraordinarily subtle. (File)


The UK defence minister on Thursday stated he didn’t rule out supplying Ukraine with fighter jets whereas cautioning they might not be a “magic wand” within the struggle.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace informed journalists: “On the method of jets, I have been fairly clear. One factor I’ve realized during the last yr is do not rule something in, do not rule something out.”

Kyiv has requested American-made F-16 warplanes to assist repel the Russian invasion.

The US has dominated out any deliveries of F-16s to Ukraine for now, however different companions together with Poland have proven themselves extra open to the concept.

“I am very open to inspecting all types of techniques, and never simply jets, to provide Ukraine that help,” Mr Wallace stated.

The minister stated that “these items do not all the time occur in a single day. However I can say, we’re not placing the Ukrainians in danger.”

His feedback got here after Downing Road had appeared to rule out sending its fight planes.

“The UK’s Hurricane and F-35 fighter jets are extraordinarily subtle and take months to discover ways to fly,” the prime minister’s official spokesman stated Tuesday.

“On condition that, we imagine it’s not sensible to ship these jets into Ukraine.”

Britain’s authorities stated in January it was aiming to ship tanks to Ukraine on the finish of March, after changing into the primary Western ally to vow heavy assault automobiles, with a plan to ship 14 Challenger 2 tanks.

Mr Wallace stated that Kyiv’s quick want was for weaponry to permit army formations on the bottom to push again Russian troops, and it was “straightforward to get carried away”.

Supplying fighter jets wouldn’t be an in a single day recreation changer because of the want for complicated coaching, he added.

“, even when tomorrow morning we introduced we have been going to place them in quick jets that might take months,” he stated, as Ukrainians would face “instantly having to study to pilot” them.

“So there isn’t a magic wand on this horrendous battle,” Mr Wallace stated, talking at a press convention in Portsmouth in southern England along with his Australian counterpart Richard Marles.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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