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Netherlands to send F-16s to Romania to train Ukrainian pilots

30 October, 2023 Monday
21:38

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met via video link with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte to discuss the transfer of Patriot missiles to Ukraine and training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 aircraft

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This was announced by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte informed that after his visit to Odesa, the Netherlands have been working on the transfer of the Patriot air defense system and patrol boats to Ukraine.

"I hope that the missiles for the Patriot will be delivered in the near future to help Ukraine in the winter. And the same speed for F-16 aircraft. The first of them will be delivered to the training center in Romania in the next two weeks," Rutte said, adding that events in the Middle East should not distract the allies from the war in Ukraine.

He said that the Netherlands has become the sixth country to start negotiations with Ukraine on bilateral national security arrangements, as promised during the NATO summit in Vilnius.

The Dutch leader thanked Zelenskyy for inviting him to become a member of the interagency donor coordination platform, adding that this would make Dutch initiatives more active. Rutte stressed the Netherlands' unwavering support for Ukraine in the war against Russia for European values, security, and humanity.

He also congratulated Zelenskyy on the successful meeting in Malta on the Peace Formula, during which more than 60 countries joined and supported the full restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

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