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American F16s, British missiles, NATO set for major escalation in war with Russia, UN, global south remain irrelevant


In what could be a major escalation in the Ukraine conflict, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

In what could be a major escalation in the Ukraine conflict, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed having secured permission from British Prime Minister Keir Starmer to use Storm Shadow missiles against military targets in Russian territory.

"...Today, we had the opportunity to discuss the practical implementation of this decision", he added after meeting for the first time the new British Premiere Keir Starmer.

Whats more is that the first batch of F-16 fighter jets is en route to Ukraine after extensive training and diplomatic negotiations, marking a significant development in Kyiv's efforts to bolster its military capabilities. According to a joint statement by Dutch Prime Minister Dick Schoof and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, released during the NATO summit and endorsed by the White House, Ukraine is expected to deploy operational F-16s for missions this summer.

This long-awaited transfer of F-16s, following months of preparation including pilot training and political discussions, represents a crucial step in Ukraine's strategy to enhance its battlefield effectiveness. Approximately 85 of these combat aircraft are committed to Ukraine, with indications that additional deliveries may follow.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described this as part of a comprehensive support package for Ukraine, which includes the provision of four Patriot air defense systems, NATO-led training initiatives for Ukrainian forces, and a reaffirmed commitment to Ukraine's eventual membership in NATO, deemed "irreversible."

During the summit, NATO allies also issued strong condemnations of China for its role in aiding Russia's invasion of Ukraine, labeling it a "decisive enabler" of the conflict by supplying military components and explosives. This stance underscores NATO's concerns about the broader security implications posed by Russia's actions in the region.

The announcement of the F-16 transfer coincided with NATO leaders' pledge to provide Ukraine with €40 billion ($43 billion) in military aid within the coming year, aimed at bolstering stability and predictability amidst ongoing geopolitical tensions. The summit, held in Washington D.C., also served as a platform for President Joe Biden to rally allied support and address domestic concerns ahead of upcoming elections, emphasizing the urgency of countering Russia's increased military activities since the invasion of Ukraine.

While the deployment of F-16s is anticipated to mitigate Russian attacks from warplanes operating within proximity to Ukraine, questions remain regarding the extent to which Ukraine will utilize these aircraft for offensive operations, including potential strikes on targets within Russian territory or airspace. The United States, in particular, has adjusted its stance to allow Ukrainian forces to engage in such operations, albeit with cautious considerations for potential escalation.

Overall, the transfer of F-16s marks a pivotal moment in NATO's collective response to the crisis in Ukraine, highlighting ongoing efforts to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities and reinforce regional security in the face of escalating geopolitical tensions