"We must stay with Ukraine to the end": Danish Prime Minister announces expansion of F-16 coalition
At the annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Copenhagen, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that the kingdom is trying to attract more countries to provide Ukraine with Western F-16 aircraft
The Guardian reported the information.
"We must be with Ukraine to the bitter end. None of us can claim war fatigue while Ukraine continues its tireless fight. Let us decide that war fatigue will not take place in our transatlantic community," the Prime Minister said.
Frederiksen called on NATO countries to provide Ukraine with combat aircraft, saying that as long as Ukrainians do not surrender and fight for their freedom, the Allies must show courage and guarantee that the transatlantic community will not accept the war.
According to her, Russian leader Vladimir Putin made a mistake when he thought that NATO's words of support for Ukraine would have no consequences.
"Ukrainian soldiers are fighting with our weapons, our tanks, our missiles, and soon Ukraine will also fly our F-16s," Frederiksen added.
The Danish prime minister also called on delegates from other NATO countries to join the coalition, which provides fighter jets and the necessary pilot training.
On May 25, at a meeting in the Ramstein format, it was announced that the coalition to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces with F-16s would be led by Denmark and the Netherlands and would include four other countries: Norway, Belgium, Portugal, and Poland.
On September 19, Poulsen said that Denmark would provide Ukraine with 45 more tanks-30 Leopard 1 tanks and 15 T-72 tanks.
On October 2, it became known that the Danish government had allocated DKK 100 million (EUR 13.4 million) for a joint European purchase of 155-mm artillery shells for Ukraine, which are expected to be delivered in 2024 as part of the European Defense Agency.