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The French President denied the supply of Mirage 2000 fighter jets to Ukraine

Vladimir Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, in an interview with French television raised the question of the possible transfer of Mirage 2000 fighter jets to Ukraine from France. Zelensky emphasized that Western aviation technology could significantly help Kyiv in its confrontation with Moscow. Ukraine has already expressed interest in various types of Western fighters, including the American F-16, Swedish JAS 39 Gripen, American F-18 Hornet, German Tornado and French Rafale, although questions about the availability of the necessary infrastructure and pilot training remain open.

Zelensky's comments about Mirage 2000 negotiations were contradicted by French President Emmanuel Macron, who pointed to France's focus on training Ukrainian pilots without mentioning the transfer of the aircraft. This caution of the West in the matter of supplying aircraft to Kyiv is explained by fears of the Russian air defense system. Experts believe that a decision on the supply of fighter jets is not being made due to the high risk of such a step in the context of a possible confrontation with Russia.

In this context, Zelensky’s announcement about the possible transfer of Mirage 2000 fighters reflects growing pressure on Western partners regarding military support for Ukraine. However, France's reaction shows that the decision to transfer such weapons will not be taken lightly and will require further discussion and risk assessment.

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