Russia: If Ukraine Uses NATO-Allied Air Bases For Fighter Jets, Those Countries Will Be Considered Conflict Participants
Russia: Not only will the countries be considered participants in the conflict, but Russia will be forced to take "retaliatory measures" in response
MOSCOW - The Russian Foreign Ministry says that if Ukraine uses the F-16 fighter jets transferred to Kyiv from Western countries to fly from an air base in a NATO-allied country such as Poland, Romania, or Slovakia, Russia will consider those countries participants in the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The head of the Russian delegation to the Vienna talks on military security and arms control Konstantin Gavrilov stated during a plenary meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation that not only will the countries be considered participants in the conflict, but Russia will be forced to take "retaliatory measures" in response.
“Comments have already been heard that in the conditions of significant destruction of the airfield structure of Ukraine, F-16 tactical fighters transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces can fly from air bases in Poland, Romania, and Slovakia,” he stated.