Ukraine Seeks New Tech from the U.S. in Potential Escalation

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Shortly after Ukraine was able to obtain M1 Abrams tanks from the United States in a deal approved by President Joe Biden, the war-torn country is now setting its sights on a new piece of technology from the U.S. that they believe would allow them to gain the upper battle in the fight for the skies.

Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine's defense secretary, reportedly told The Hill Friday that Kyiv is now setting its sights on obtaining F-16 fighter jets from the U.S., looking for a significant upgrade from its current Soviet-era aircraft. The desire for new aircraft has been an ongoing talking point for Ukraine since the start of its war with Russia, however, its recent tank deal appears to have reignited the discussion.

Unfortunately for Ukraine, any type of deal for fighter jets appears to be unlikely at the time being, as supplying that sort of tech to the country would mark a new major escalation in the war, something that the U.S. has tried to maneuver around, especially with the ever-present threat of the Russian nuclear arsenal.

Despite this, the Biden administration did strike a deal to supply Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams tanks, a deal that was made, in part, to convince Germany to provide Leopard tanks to Ukraine as well. While they went along with the tank agreement, Germany has held steadfast in their belief that neither they nor the United States will be providing aircraft to Ukraine any time soon.

“There will be no fighter jet deliveries to Ukraine. This was made clear very early, including from the U.S. President,” Germany Chancelor Olaf Scholz said in remarks to his country’s parliament after the tanks decision. “This position has not changed at all and will not change.”

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