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    Norway would supply F-16 fighter planes to Ukraine, according to reports.

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    Norway has decided to supply F-16 fighter planes to Ukraine, according to Norwegian network TV2.

    According to the source, the Norwegian government did not reply quickly to the broadcaster’s request for comment, and it is unknown how many planes Norway would offer at this time.

    This follows Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store’s official visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    At the time, the store announced supplies of anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons but made no mention of F-16s.

    Norway, following the Netherlands and Denmark, became the third NATO country to supply Ukraine with F-16 combat aircraft.

    Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stated last week that Denmark will provide a total of 19 planes, with the first six scheduled to arrive by the end of this year.

    The Netherlands presently owns 42 F-16s, but has yet to determine whether to donate all of them.

    The F16 gift from Denmark and the Netherlands, according to Zelenskyy, is a “breakthrough agreement” that will aid Kyiv’s counter-offensive against Russian forces.

    However, Moscow cautioned that equipping Ukraine with planes would escalate the conflict.

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