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Netherlands, Denmark Commit to Delivering F-16s to Ukraine

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The Netherlands and Denmark will supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine with first deliveries due around New Year, the prime ministers of the two NATO countries announced on Sunday during visits by Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy.

The pledge is the first real promise of F-16's for Ukraine's armed forces and comes a few days after the United States approved the possible delivery of the fighter jets by the two countries.

Denmark will deliver 19 jets in total, with the first six due to be shipped to Ukraine around New Year, followed by eight in 2024 and five the following year, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said.

The Netherlands has 42 F-16s available in all but has yet to decide whether all of them will be donated, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said earlier on Sunday, when Zelenskiy visited the country.

Greece will take part in training of Ukrainian air force pilots for F-16 jets, Zelenskiy said on Monday.

“Today, we have the important result for aviation coalition. Greece will participate in training of our pilots for F-16. I am grateful for this proposal,” Zelenskiy said during joint press-conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens. He did not provide details of the training programme.

Officials from a coalition of 11 nations have said F-16 training will take place in Denmark and Romania.

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