Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his country would not provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets for the time being, as it would be “too big a step”. On Thursday, Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra told parliament that if Kyiv asked for an F-16, The Hague would treat the request “openly.”
During a debate in the lower house of parliament (Cam Tweede), Minister Hoekstra was asked if the Netherlands will supply the attacked country with F-16 aircraft and infantry fighting vehicles. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that if Ukraine request it, the government will treat it with “openness”.
The declaration of the minister, who is also the chairman of the coalition Christian Democrats, was weakened by the prime minister at a press conference on Friday after the cabinet meeting Mark Rutte. He told reporters that handing over the F-16s, which are used for attack, not defense, would be “too big a step.” The Prime Minister stressed that there was no such topic for now, as no request for the transfer of fighters had been received from Ukraine.
Dutch Defense Minister: We are waiting for Germany’s position on Leopard 2 tanks
On Thursday in Davos, the Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, Kajsa Ollongren, announced that her country is ready to pay for Leopard 2 tanks that other countries intend to deliver to Ukraine. The declaration of the head of the Ministry of Defense was made during an interview she gave to the Bloomberg agency during the World Economic Forum held there. “It’s definitely something we’re ready to do,” said Kajsa Ollongren.
According to Ollongren, the supply of tanks must take place as part of cooperation within the European Union or FOR THISbecause the Netherlands does not have Leopard 2 tanks, but only rents eighteen units from German.
The Minister of Defense also referred to Germany’s attitude regarding the consent to the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks by other countries.
– We are waiting for Germany’s position on this matter, but we are in favor of sending these tanks to Ukraine – said the Dutchwoman.
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