Danish F-16s to Arrive in Ukraine Within a Month, Says Prime Minister Frederiksen

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.13 - 2024 9:42 PM CET

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Danish F-16s to bolster Ukraine's defense within a month, says PM Frederiksen.

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On the evening of May 13, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made a statement regarding the supply of F-16s to Ukraine, as reported by 24 Kanal.

Frederiksen spoke at the Nordic Security Summit held in Sweden, which also included an invitation to Olaf Scholz.

This was the first meeting after Sweden and Finland became NATO members.

Danish Prime Minister’s Statement on F-16s

"F-16s from Denmark will be in the skies over Ukraine within a month," reported journalists from Deutsche Welle and Die Zeit.

In total, there will be 19 aircraft.

Frederiksen also stated that Europe has 5-6 air defense systems available for Ukraine.

"We must do more. We must continue to support Ukraine. We must sacrifice more and act faster," she said, emphasizing that Russia is exerting pressure on Ukraine.

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During the press conference in Stockholm, it was mentioned that the Nordic region and Germany should lead in supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia.

For instance, Olaf Scholz stated that the Nordic countries and Germany are more than just neighbors and are united in their support for Ukraine.

Journalists noted that Scholz is pleased with the addition of new countries to the Alliance.

"It makes NATO stronger when Sweden and Finland become members of the Alliance," he said.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre reminded everyone not to underestimate the danger posed by Russia.

"Russia is an enemy lurking in our backyard. Norway has nearly a 200-kilometer border with Russia. We have a neighbor who attacked another neighbor," journalists quoted him as saying.

Russians Are Frenzied Over NATO Near Their Borders

Sweden joined NATO in March after more than 200 years of neutrality. The country's Prime Minister explained that they applied for membership "to gain security and also to ensure security."

Putin contributed to this decision, as Swedes seriously considered joining NATO after the 2022 attack on Ukraine. The Baltic Sea is now essentially a "NATO lake."

Russians had hoped the country would maintain neutrality. After Sweden announced its NATO membership, they reacted with threats, suggesting "political and military-technical measures."

These likely refer to cyberattacks, but Sweden assured that they are not afraid, as they have faced Russian attacks before.

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