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​Ukraine Has All Right to Strike russia, Using F-16 Aircraft

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F-16 aircraft / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force
F-16 aircraft / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Ukrainian F-16 pilots will have the right to strike legitimate military targets in russia

This opinion was expressed by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the Radio Free Europe.

Stoltenberg said that it was impossible to say when Ukraine would be able to deploy the F-16 aircraft.

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Ukraine Has All Right to Strike russia, Using F-16 Aircraft, Defense Express
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg / Open source photo

He confirmed that all of Ukraine's allies want the fighter jets to arrive in Ukraine as soon as possible. But at the same time, the NATO Secretary noted that the effect of the F-16s will be stronger if pilots are well-trained and crews as well as other support personnel are well-prepared.

"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. The sooner the better, " Stoltenberg said.

According to Stoltenberg, each ally will decide whether to deliver F-16s to Ukraine, and allies have different policies.

Ukraine Has All Right to Strike russia, Using F-16 Aircraft, Defense Express
The first photo of F-16 aircraft with Ukrainian insignia / Photo credit: Voice of America

But at the same time, the Secretary-General noted that war in Ukraine is an aggressive war. Kyiv has the right to self-defense, including strikes on legitimate russian military targets outside Ukraine.

Earlier Defense Express reported that russia had turned sports stars into soldiers, preparing them for war in Chechnya.

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