Intl desk, May 21: Western countries will run “colossal risks” if they supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, TASS news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko as saying on Saturday.
Grushko was responding to a question about the implications of providing the jets, which Ukraine has been requesting from NATO countries.
It has not yet won commitments for delivery of the planes, but US President Joe Biden told G7 leaders on Friday that Washington supports joint allied training programs for Ukrainian pilots on F-16s, senior U.S. officials said.
“In any case, this will be taken into account in all our plans, and we have all the necessary means to achieve the goals we have set.”
“We need F-16s to become an integral part of our air defence. These fighters can engage aerial targets from both high and low altitudes,” he said, adding that the jets can carry advanced weapons.