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Ukraine can regain control of sky in 2024 under certain conditions - Kuleba

Ukraine can regain control of sky in 2024 under certain conditions - Kuleba Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (photo: Getty Images)

Ukraine is able to regain control of its airspace, in particular with the help of F-16 fighters, but there is a condition, stated Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

During a joint press conference with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, Kuleba said that Ukraine could well regain control of its airspace.

"If we receive F-16s, if we have combat and reconnaissance drones - this is the importance of our cooperation with Lithuania - if we have electronic warfare and missiles, we will control our sky. This is achievable," the minister emphasized.

He added that the relevant decisions are already being implemented, but the minister emphasized that "it is necessary to get all these elements in sufficient quantity and in due time."

Lithuanian Foreign Minister's visit to Ukraine

On January 25, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis arrived in Kyiv on a working visit. He held several meetings, including with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, and National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.

The Lithuanian minister also visited Kharkiv and the region, met with local authorities, and visited the sites of Russian shelling.

During the visit, Landsbergis announced Ukraine's readiness to partially transfer drone production to Lithuania.

F-16 for Ukraine

Earlier, Ukraine's allies announced the creation of an aviation coalition to provide Ukraine with modern F-16 fighters. The coalition is led by the Netherlands and Denmark.

Recently, it has been officially announced that the first group of Ukrainian pilots has completed the basic training program in the UK and started training on F-16s in Denmark.

On December 22, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the Dutch government had decided to prepare the first 18 F-16 fighters for delivery to Ukraine.

The Pentagon said that Ukraine would be able to receive the first F-16 fighters this year.