The Netherlands is still ready to consider Ukraine's request for the supply of fighter jets and is awaiting an application from Kyiv. This was stated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
The Dutch prime minister held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, at which, among other things, military support for Ukraine was discussed. At a joint press conference, Rutte and Macron spoke in favor of a possible transfer of aircraft to Kyiv. The Dutchman promised to supply fighters, but only after consultation with the allies, and the Frenchman promised to train Ukrainian pilots to fly planes, but only French ones.
As for the F-16 fighters, we have not received such a request. But if it happens, it will be an important milestone. We will review it and consult with our allies.
At the same time, France does not rule out that Ukraine may receive French fighters, so they will consider the issue of training pilots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to operate French aircraft. French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu intends to discuss this issue with his Ukrainian counterpart Alexei Reznikov.
Meanwhile, in Kyiv itself, they do not comment on the US refusal to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Neither Zelensky nor his entourage touch upon this topic at all, as if nothing had happened. The Ukrainian press mentions this very briefly, as an insignificant fact. Recall that in Kyiv they dreamed of getting at least 180 fighters in the near future and even recruited for training the first group of 50 pilots who speak English and have the experience of "thousands of victories."