Ukrainian pilots will start training on American F-16 fighters in Denmark at the end of August this year. This was reported by CNN with reference to the Ministry of Defense of Denmark.
It was noted that a coalition of 11 countries will participate in the training of Ukrainian pilots. The Ministry of Defense of Denmark did not provide more detailed information.
On August 18, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Lars Lücke Rasmussen and the Netherlands Wopke Hoekstra confirmed that they had received US consent to hand over F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine after pilot training.
On May 19, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the readiness of the United States to agree to the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets. Belgium and Denmark will join the “air coalition”.
National Security Advisor to the US President, Jake Sullivan, said that the US may agree to provide Ukraine with modern combat aircraft, including the F-16, if they will not be used for strikes on the territory of the Russian Federation.
On May 21, during the G7 summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his readiness to help train Ukrainian military pilots. After the G7 summit, it turned out that the US unblocked the training of Ukrainian pilots for fighter jets and the supply of air transport by other countries.
Biden confirmed the US intention to train Ukrainian pilots on the F-16, but pointed out that Kyiv had promised not to use them for attacks on the territory of the Russian Federation.
At the G7 summit, there were talks with partners about the training of Ukrainian pilots, but it is too early to talk about the full handover of the machines, said Jake Sullivan, US national security adviser.
On May 22, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that supplying Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets is a priority for the US and other allies. The partners will start implementing the corresponding plan in the coming months.
On May 23, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine's Western Allies would individually decide when to start training Ukrainian pilots for F-16 fighter jets.