Putin: No plans to attack NATO, warns against supplying Ukraine F-16s

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MOSCOW —Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that his country has no plans toward any NATO member state and will not attack Poland, the Baltic states, or the Czech Republic. However, if the West supplies Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, Russian forces will shoot them down, according to Reuters.اضافة اعلان

During his speech to Russian Air Force pilots Wednesday evening, he mentioned that the military alliance led by the United States has expanded eastward towards Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, but Moscow has no plans to attack any NATO member state.

According to the Kremlin's statement today (Thursday), Putin added, "We have no hostile intentions towards these countries. The idea that we would attack another country, whether it be Poland or the Baltic states, and the Czech Republic is also afraid, is pure nonsense. It is just delirium,” Al-Ghad reported.

Responding to a question about the F-16 fighter jets that the West promised to send to Ukraine, Putin said that these aircraft would not change the situation there. He added, "If they provide (F-16) aircraft, and they are discussing it and training the pilots, this will not change the situation on the battlefield."

He continued, "We will destroy the aircraft just as we are currently destroying tanks, armored vehicles, and other equipment, including missile launchers."
Putin mentioned that F-16 fighter jets can also carry nuclear weapons. He said, "Of course, if they take off from the airports of a third country, they will become legitimate targets for us wherever they are."

Putin's statements came after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Wednesday that the aircraft is expected to arrive in Ukraine in the coming months.

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