Russia warning… Sending F16 fighters to Ukraine will implicate NATO in the military conflict


Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said in remarks published on Monday that sending F16 fighter jets to Ukraine would raise questions about NATO’s involvement in the conflict.

“There is no infrastructure to operate the F16’s in Ukraine, and the required number of pilots and maintenance personnel also does not exist,” he added in the statements, which were posted on the embassy channel on Telegram.

“What would happen if American fighters took off from NATO air bases controlled by foreign volunteers?” He added.

On Friday, US President Joe Biden approved training programs for Ukrainian pilots on F16 fighter jets, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured Biden that the planes would not be used to enter Russian airspace.

Antonov said that any attack by Ukraine on the Crimea peninsula would be considered an attack on Russia.

“It’s important for the United States to be fully aware of the Russian response to any attack of this kind,” he added.

Ukraine is intensifying its strikes on Russian-controlled targets, especially in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

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