Ukraine may not get UK fighter jets for years, says Ben Wallace

Defence secretary also dismisses reports UK too weak to take over Nato force as ‘b*****ks’

Adam Forrest
Political Correspondent
Wednesday 15 February 2023 11:19 GMT
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Defence secretary Ben Wallace has said it could be years before the UK gives any fighter jets to Ukraine as he joined a Nato security conference.

The cabinet minister suggested it was likely that president Volodymyr Zelensky may even have to wait until the war with Russia was over before British aircraft was supplied.

“I don’t think it’s going to be in the next few months or even years,” he told the BBC. “These are aircraft that come with not only huge sort of capability challenges. You just can’t learn to fly in a week or two, it will take a long time.”

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