US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said they would act as quickly as possible to start training Ukrainian pilots for the process of delivering F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but he did not set a clear date.
Sullivan answered questions about the Russia-Ukraine war and foreign policy at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
Defending that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Russian private security firm Wagner, had revolted because he was deeply unhappy with the course of the war in Ukraine, Sullivan assessed that had Russian President Vladimir Putin succeeded in Ukraine, Prigozhin would not have made such an attempt.
Sullivan stated that the Wagner Group is not currently fighting in Ukraine, adding that some of its elements are in Belarus, and others are in various places.
Sullivan said the absence of Wagner, who is active in Ukraine, could cost Russia, and said it was very difficult to predict what would happen in the coming months.
F-16 training to Ukraine
Sullivan said they are working to help Ukraine use the F-16 fighter jets effectively and gain the skills they will need in this context.
Sullivan stated that they would act as quickly as possible on the matter, and said they were working with allies on training Ukrainian pilots and that technical issues were being resolved.
Sullivan reported that he could not name the exact date that training of Ukrainian pilots would begin, but that it would take weeks, not months.
Regarding ATACMS ground-to-ground missiles, Sullivan stated that US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenky discussed the issue.
Sullivan stated that the decision to give ATACMS missiles to Ukraine is up to President Biden.
We have no information about the Chinese foreign minister.
Asked about the fate of China’s foreign minister, China Gang, who has not been seen for a long time, Sullivan replied that he had no information about him.
Chancellor Sullivan noted:
“All we know is that Secretary of State (Anthony) Blinken met Fang Yi (Director of the Office of the CPC Central Foreign Affairs Commission) while planning to meet the (Chinese) Foreign Minister at the recent ASEAN conference in Indonesia. Because Yi came to (this summit) instead of the Foreign Minister. We have no further information on the matter.”
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