Ukraine's potential F-16 use includes hitting targets in Russia – Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg
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Ukraine will have the right to defend itself, including the ability to strike Russian military targets within Russia that are part of the invasion efforts, once Ukraine receives F-16 fighter jets from its allies, stated NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in a Radio Liberty interview on Feb. 21.

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Stoltenberg emphasized the eagerness of Ukraine's allies to deploy the F-16s swiftly but noted the importance of comprehensive training for pilots and extensive preparation for maintenance crews and support staff to maximize the jets' impact.

“So, I think we have to listen to the military experts exactly when we will be ready to or when allies will be ready to start sending and delivering the F-16s,” he said. “The sooner the better.”

Russia's invasion of Ukraine constitutes aggression, granting Ukraine the right to defend itself, even by striking legitimate Russian military targets outside of Ukraine's borders, added Stoltenberg.

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