EU comments on fighter jets for Kyiv — RT World News

European Council President Charles Michel said the bloc’s military aid to Ukraine would not include fighter jets, which Kiev has insisted are urgently needed to repel the ongoing Russian invasion.

“The European Union is certainly not at war with Russia. A war is what Russia has launched against Ukraine, a country very friendly and very close to the EU. That is why we support Ukraine at all levels,” Michel said in an interview with several European newspapers on Saturday.

The head of the EU’s top political body confirmed that the EU had pledged 500 million euros ($547 million) in military aid to Kyiv, including 450 million euros ($492 million) will go to the purchase of weapons.

“But these European funds will not be used to finance the delivery of combat aircraft to Ukraine”, Michael noted. However, he said the funds could be used by EU member states to provide the Ukrainian Air Force with spare parts and other equipment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on NATO countries to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine, or at least supply Kyiv with fighter jets. A no-fly zone could see NATO shoot down Russian planes in Ukraine, likely leading to a direct confrontation with Moscow, and has been rejected by the military bloc.

Several US news outlets reported on Saturday that the White House was working with Warsaw to deliver Soviet-era planes from Poland to Ukraine. However, Poland had previously ruled out sending planes to Kiev.

Russia invaded its neighbor last week, arguing it was defending the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which seceded from Ukraine in 2014 and were recognized by Moscow as independent states in February.

Moscow said it was looking for the “demilitarization and denazification” of the country, without giving further details, but made it clear that he wanted Ukraine to officially become a neutral country, renouncing its candidacy for NATO.

Kyiv said the attack was unprovoked and appealed to the international community for help.

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