During a brief exchange with reporters on Monday, President Biden confirmed he would not be sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to assist in the war against Russia. Joe simply said “no,” when confronted by the press.
Germany has also declined to send jets.
Last week, the Biden Administration announced it would send tanks to Ukraine to help Zelenskyy’s war effort, but sounds like Joe is stopping short of air support.
From The Epoch Times:
The Kremlin could argue that the F-16s could be used to hit targets inside Russia, which Moscow could interpret as a significant escalation in the war. Despite Moscow’s accusations of NATO aggression, member countries like the United States and Germany have been hesitant to provide military aid that might escalate the conflict.
The F-16 is widely considered one of the world’s most reliable fighter jets, armed with precision-guided missiles. The United States Air Force states that the F-16 fighter jet has the ability to carry precision-guided bombs and missiles and can reach speeds of 1,500 mph. The advanced targeting capabilities of the F-16 would enable Ukrainian forces to strike Russian targets with increased precision, even during nighttime or adverse weather conditions.
U.S. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby defended the decision, highlighting the $27.1 billion worth of military aid the United States has already sent to Ukraine since the start of the war.
Recent polls show Americans are beginning to change their opinions on Ukrainian aid, with many calling for the spending spree to cease. The Biden Administration has sent $27.1 billion dollars worth of military aid since the start of the war.
More over at The Epoch Times:
President Biden has seemingly ruled out that the US will be providing #Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets.
Biden’s comments follow a similar announcement from #Germany’s chancellor, who also declined to send such fighter jets. https://t.co/2PetOvqpxr
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) January 31, 2023