Despite domestic criticism, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin today said she has no objection to discussing aukraineOffer combat cases. Ukraine begs countries to provide more advanced weapon systems.
Agence France-Presse reported that Ukraine called on all countries to provide fighter jets, especially US-made F-16 fighter jets, saying the fighter jets were vital to defend against Russian missile and drone attacks.
Finland currently operates F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, but announced in December 2021 that it is buying 64 F-35A fighter jets from US arms dealer Lockheed Martin.
“We’re going to take delivery of the new F-35s,” Marin told reporters today.
However, the new jets will not be delivered until 2025, despite Finland’s plans to replace the Hornets that have been in production since the 1980s.
Marin had previously told reporters that he did not object to discussing the provision of fighter jets when he visited Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, on the 10th, sparking a domestic dispute.
“I think we can talk about the possibility of the Hornets being delivered to Ukraine and what kind of training they might have to go through,” she said.
However, he stressed that “no decision has been taken” on the matter and added that such an initiative would require international cooperation.
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