Russian envoy calls Danish F-16s for Ukraine an 'escalation'

AFP - [email protected]
Russian envoy calls Danish F-16s for Ukraine an 'escalation'
File photo of Russian ambassador to Denmark Danmark Vladimir Barbin. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark's decision to supply Ukraine with American F-16 fighter jets to fend off Russia's invasion represents an "escalation" of the conflict, Russia's ambassador to Denmark said on Monday.


Denmark and the Netherlands on Sunday announced they would provide the advanced jets to strengthen Kyiv's Soviet-era air force, as it pursues a grinding counteroffensive against Russian forces in the east.

During a visit by Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky to Denmark on Sunday, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said her country would deliver19 of the jets, six of them by the end of this year, eight next year and five in 2025.

"The fact that Denmark has now decided to donate 19 F-16 aircraft to Ukraine leads to an escalation of the conflict," Russian ambassador to Denmark Vladimir Barbin said in a statement to AFP.

READ ALSO: Ukraine hails 'historic' decision to supply F-16 jets from Denmark and Netherlands

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in July that Moscow would consider the F-16s a "nuclear" threat because of their capacity to carry atomic weapons.


"By hiding behind a premise that Ukraine itself must determine the conditions for peace, Denmark seeks with its deeds and words to leave Ukraine no choice but to continue the military confrontation with Russia," Barbin said.

"Such a position pushes Ukraine into the abyss and condemns its people to new victims."

Washington had announced its approval of the F-16 transfers on Friday.


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also