L’Ukraine demande au Portugal de former les pilotes ukrainiens aux chasseurs F16


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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, asked in Lisbon for Portugal to train Ukrainian pilots in F16 fighters. Decision on Ukraine’s entry into NATO and membership in the European Union are now agreed between the two countries.

On a visit to Portugal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, met in Lisbon, with the Portuguese counterpart, João Gomes Cravinho. According to the two ministers the meeting allowed to approach several aspects involving the current war situation in Ukraine.

At the end of the meeting, in a press conference at the Palácio das Necessidades, Dmytro Kuleba began by thanking the support given by Portugal to the Ukrainian refugees and thanked the Portuguese government for the decisions taken at the military and political level to various Ukrainian initiatives, including the International Tribunal for Russia.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister noted, “We discussed military support, military assistance, and the whole dynamic of the war,” and indicated that the countries are “aligned on Ukraine restoring its territorial integrity.”

Dmytro Kuleba disclosed that he invited Portugal to join the coalition of combat aircraft, starting with the training of Ukrainian pilots.” The Minister indicated that he has been insisting that Western aircraft (F16s) arrive in Ukraine, and that he is convinced that this will happen, and that now is the time for pilot training.

Regarding Ukraine’s membership in NATO, the Ukrainian minister said he noted that there was “a common understanding on this aspect” and added: “I appreciate the support Portugal has given the European Union” and “in particular the opening of accession talks later this year.

About the formula for peace “we have agreed to coordinate our efforts to involve Latin American, African, and Asian countries with Ukraine,” said Dmytro Kuleba, and added that there are two fundamental principles required by Ukraine: the full integration of Ukrainian territory in accordance with international law, i.e. “no mediation should imply any demand for the territory of Ukraine,” and the second principle is that “no mediation can start from the assumption that we have to freeze the conflict.

João Gomes Cravinho, also disclosed that Portugal is organizing a conference with Ukraine and Estonia, to take place in July, on the work to be developed in a region in Ukraine, linked to the reconstruction of schools.

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