Belgium will provide Ukraine with F-16fighter jets by 2025, but the government will decide, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said.
De Croo spoke at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is in Brussels for the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting.
Expressing his honor to host Zelenskyy, who visited Brussels for the first time after the war, de Croo said that his country has supported Ukraine from the beginning and will continue to do so.
De Croo reported that Belgium "will be in a position to provide Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets from 2025".
In response to a question on whether the country will hold elections next year and whether this decision will change according to the outcome of the elections, Croo said that "the new government will make the final decision on the dispatch of the aircraft".
It was stated that after Belgium received the F-35 aircraft, the F-16s in its inventory would become idle and some of them could be sent to Ukraine. However, in a statement made by the Belgian army at the beginning of last month, it was reported that the F-16s in the inventory, which have completed their flight life, are not considered to be given to Ukraine and that the use of the aircraft will not be possible.
In the evaluation made afterward, it was stated that not all aircraft were used to the same extent, and therefore not all of them were worn out.
Belgium, one of the major arms manufacturers in Europe, has so far provided automatic weapons, armored vehicles, 200 trucks, ammunition, fuel, and medical supplies to support Ukraine in its war with Russia.
Source: Anadolu Agency