Now get the timing right
The Netherlands, which together with Belgium, Denmark and the UK took the initiative on delivering the F-16s, must now assume responsibility, De Volkskrant notes:
“The F-16s could be a means to break the current stalemate. The Americans are not willing to deliver any aircraft themselves (yet), therefore the responsibility now lies with Europe. Now the Netherlands and other countries must organise training schemes as quickly as possible so that the F-16s can fly over Ukraine in the autumn. Unsurprisingly, a Russian deputy minister reacted to this prospect with threatening words. ... One must see this threat above all as confirmation that the F-16s could indeed make a difference.”
It's up to Europe
This decision is not a U-turn, Handelsblatt clarifies:
“US President Joe Biden continues to rule out the possibility of the US itself sending F-16 jets to Ukraine. When exactly Western fighter jets will be deployed in Ukraine, how many of them there will be and who will provide them - all these questions remain open. ... The US is shifting the responsibility to Europe along the lines: if you want to send fighter jets, we won't stand in the way. But the real decision lies with the European governments. It is a risk assessment that Europe must now make on its own.”
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Just do it Europe!!
Biden continues to fear Putin's escalation by adding conditions for F-16's. Per Ukrinform, Biden will allow the USA to provide Ukraine with F-16 aircraft on the condition that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not use them for strikes on the territory of the Russian Federation. “So, all of the capabilities that the United States has proven to Ukraine come with the basic proposition that the United States is not enabling or supporting attacks on Russian territory.” - Jake Sullivan, U.S. National Security Advisor
How about we blanket Russia with some long-range precision missiles that will reach into the heartland of Russia and fly some F-16 sorties all over Moscow and win the war. Give Putin a little of his own medicine. He started the war. Why does the entire war have to be fought inside Ukraine?
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