Joe Biden on Monday (January 30th) opposed a categorical refusal to the idea of sending American combat planes of the F-16 type to Ukraine, whose list of arms assistance is growing to drive Russian forces out of its territory. occupied territory.
“No”, said the American president when a journalist questioned him at the White House on the possibility of providing the devices demanded by the Ukrainian leaders.
As February 24 approaches, which will mark one year since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Joe Biden did not want to say if he would travel to Europe on this occasion. But he assured that he would go, without specifying a date, to Poland, a country which plays a key role in the response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Brazil, which is hosting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on a tour of the continent, will not send ammunition to Ukraine, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said. “My suggestion is to create a group of countries (that will come together) around the table with Ukraine and Russia to try” to achieve peace, he said.
Berlin rejects sending fighter jets
Lula also stressed that China’s role was fundamental in finding a way out of the war. “It’s time for China to get its hands dirty,” he said.
On the side of the European bloc, Berlin has already categorically rejected the idea of sending combat planes, while French President Emmanuel Macron has cautiously estimated that “by definition, nothing is excluded”, while ensuring that the Ukrainians had not made any such request to him to date.
Emmanuel Macron underlined “criteria” before any decision: a “request made” by Ukraine, that it “not be escalatory” and “not likely to touch Russian soil but to help the resistance effort” and that “it does not come to weaken the capacity of the French army”.
” A big step “
“It is in the light of these three criteria that we will continue to look on a case-by-case basis” the deliveries of military equipment, he added after having posed the same criteria for the possible sending of Leclerc tanks.
The French president also spoke with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who has already floated the idea of sending F-16s to Ukraine, stressing that there was no “taboo” on this subject, but that it would be “a big step”.
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