- Russia Threatens Military Strikes on Western Countries If Ukraine’s Newly-Donated F-16s Are Based in NATO Territory
by WILL STEWART, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/
* Russian foreign ministry said F-16s in NATO countries will be legitimate targets
Russia has threatened to target Western countries with missile strikes if Ukraine’s newly-donated F-16 fighters are based in NATO territory. Such an act by Vladimir Putin would also certainly trigger a World War Three scenario between the West and Russia. It comes as the Kremlin warned today that a nuclear world war is closer than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Maria Zakharova – spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry – warned the West that the advanced F-16 fighters delivered to Ukraine will be a fair target for Russia if they are based in NATO countries. She said that the fourth-generation fighter jets could be based in Poland, Slovakia and Romania, meaning NATO is ‘getting deeper’ into the Ukrainian conflict.
‘There have been many questions asked about the transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine,’ said Zakharova, 47. She continued: ‘I would like to say that NATO member states continue, as you understand, to intensively arm Ukraine and the supply of tactical fighters is next.