NEW YORK, February 25. /TASS/. US President Joe Biden said that Ukraine does not currently need F-16 fighters, so for now he rules out their transfer to Kiev.
"I am ruling it out for now," he said in response to a related question in an interview with ABC television. Excerpts from the interview were aired on Friday.
Biden added that at the moment "he (Ukrainian President Vladmir Zelensky - TASS) needs tanks, artillery, air defense, including HIMARS."
"There's things he needs now that we're sending him to put them in a position to be able to make gains this spring and this summer going into the fall," he said.
When asked if this meant the US ruled out transferring F-16s to Kiev in the future, Biden said he could not predict Ukraine's defense needs over the long term.