Russia considers the West to be playing with fire with their decision to agree to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Photo/REUTERS
MOSCOW – Government Russia considers Western countries “playing with fire” by their decision to agree to supply jet fighter F-16 made in the United States (US) to Ukraine .
Moscow said the move by Western countries was an unacceptable escalation.
“It was playing with fire, without a doubt,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Russian state television.
Moscow’s top diplomat denounced attempts to undermine Russia by Washington, London and their European Union satellites.
As is known, some Western countries have expressed a willingness to train Ukrainian pilots with US-made F-16 fighter jets, while others have said they are willing to provide the aircraft.
US President Joe Biden is also backing NATO allies to supply Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets.
But NATO allies have yet to decide which country will provide the fighter jets, how many, and when.
“Delivery of F-16s to Ukraine will take several months at most,” US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said on May 22.
That’s a relatively quick few months, he said, as it usually takes more than two years to train new pilots for American aircraft.