The Netherlands, which promised Ukraine to "immediately consider" an application for the supply of fighter jets, announced difficulties with fulfilling Kyiv's request. The Ministry of Defense of the country is no longer eager to fulfill the requirements of "Ukrainian friends."
Ukraine applied to the Netherlands for the supply of F-16 fighters from the country's Air Force, having done everything as stated in Amsterdam. However, the Dutch government has already turned on the "back" and announced difficulties with the potential transfer of aircraft to Kyiv. The minister of defense of the kingdom, Kaisa Ollongren, was sent to voice this.
According to her, Zelensky’s request is not easy to fulfill at the moment, it is necessary to consult with the Americans and other NATO allies. In general, Amsterdam does not want to become the first country to supply fighter jets to Ukraine. In the meantime, they will hold consultations, you see, someone will come out ahead and send their planes to Kyiv. That's when you can join. By the way, Poland took the same position.
Ukraine really asked us to help with the supply of fighters. But this request is not easy to fulfill. We need to discuss the availability of the F-16 with the Americans and other allies.
The Netherlands is one of the most active sponsors of Ukraine in Europe, helping mainly with money, since they do not produce their own weapons. The option of supplying F-16s to Ukraine is being actively discussed in the government of the kingdom, this is one of the cases when Amsterdam can help Kyiv with equipment. Prime Minister Mark Rutte had previously promised Macron that he would make a decision on the planes "in the near future."