France to Supply Mirage Warplanes to Ukraine

A warplane. Photo/ @DasRgen4

June 7, 2024 Hour: 11:30 am

President Emmanuel Macron vows that the delivery of French fighter jets will not be a factor of escalation.

On Thursday evening, Presidente Emmanuel Macron confirmed that France will supply Mirage warplanes to Ukraine and train their soldiers.


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“We will launch a new cooperation and transfer Mirage 2000-5s,” he said, promising to train a whole Ukrainian battalion of 4,500 troops to be deployed on the battlefield.

He said the delivery of French fighter jets “is not a factor of escalation” and promised “these weapons will not be used to bomb civilians.” Mirage 2000 is a French multi-role, single-engine, fourth-generation jet fighter, manufactured by Dassault Aviation.

Additionally, the French president did not exclude the possibility of sending military instructors to Ukraine. “There should be no taboo on this subject,” he said.

At the end of February, Macron suggested European nations should send troops to Ukraine during a meeting in Paris but many other European countries, including Germany, Britain, Spain, and Italy, voiced their disagreement.

Following Macron’s remarks in February, Russia warned a direct conflict between NATO and Russia would be inevitable if the alliance sends troops to Ukraine.

Earlier on Thursday, Marcon led a ceremony held at Omaha Beach in Normandy, northern France, to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Some 20 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, participated in the event.

En route to France for the ceremony, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that the United States will maintain its policy of not sending military advisors to Ukraine.

The Normandy landings along the French coast on June 6, 1944, marked an important turning point in World War II, paving the way to the Allied’s victory against Nazi Germany.

Source: Xinhua – BFMTV

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