U.S. Shift to Support F-16s for Ukraine Began a Month Ago

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The U.S. defense chief first asked Biden officials to support the plan after meeting with European allies. He made his pitch to President Biden last week.

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III began initiating the Biden administration’s turnaround on providing Ukrainian fighter pilots with training on F-16 jets last month, after European allies told him that they wanted to go ahead with the training, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.

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