Sunak and Zelenskyy Discuss "Jets Coalition": "We Still Need to Work on It a Bit"

Monday, 15 May 2023

On Monday, British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, discussed a so-called "jets coalition" at a meeting at Chequers.

According to The Guardian and Sky News, Zelenskyy informed Sunak that he discussed the prospect of providing Kyiv with Western-style jets. The Ukrainian president said that together they want to create a "jets coalition."

"I see that in the closest time you will hear some, I think, very important decisions, but we have to work a little bit more about it," said Zelenskyy.

Sunnak stated that th will be ready to help train Ukrainian pilots to use Western destroyers "fairly soon." However, according to him, supplying destroyers is a "difficult task."

"I see that in the closest time you will hear some, I think, very important decisions. It is not a straightforward thing as Volodymyr and I have been discussing to build up that fighter combat aircraft capability," Sunak said.

"It’s not just the provision of planes, it is also the training of pilots and all the logistics that go alongside that, and the UK can play a big part in that," he added.

According to him, one thing we will be doing starting actually relatively soon is training of Ukrainian pilots and that's something they have discussed today and they are ready to implement those plans in relatively short order.

Zelenskyy is visiting the UK after visits to Rome, Berlin, and Paris this weekend.

On the day of Zelenskyy's visit, London announced (Ukr) that it would begin training Ukrainian pilots in the summer and is already working with other countries on the possible provision of F-16 jets to Ukraine.

In Berlin, the President of Ukraine said he believes in the success of the "jets coalition" agreement (Ukr) against the backdrop of his visits to European capitals.

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