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Leonkov doubted that the United States would help Ukraine by handing over a hundred F-15s to it

In reality, no one in the United States intends to transfer expensive F-15 fighters to Ukraine, both in production and in maintenance, especially since trained pilots are needed to fly these aircraft, which are not available among Ukrainian military personnel.

This was stated in an interview with the newspaper “Vzglyad” by a military expert, columnist for the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alexei Leonkov, commenting on an article posted on the website of the NATO think tank Atlantic Council, which says what assistance the administration of US President Joe Biden can provide to Ukraine …

In particular, a senior researcher at the American Foreign Policy Research Institute, an expert at the Atlantic Council (an organization that the Procurator General of the Russian Federation in 2019 recognized as undesirable) Stefan Blank wrote in his article that the US administration could transfer to Ukraine one hundred modified heavy fighter-bombers F- 15, from six to eight pieces of E-2C-2000 reconnaissance aircraft and up to 12 pieces of KC-135R tanker aircraft.

Leonkov doubted that the United States would help Ukraine by handing over a hundred F-15s to it

Commenting on this proposal, Alexey Leonkov first of all recalled that the Atlantic Council is an American think tank under the North Atlantic Alliance, and this organization always comes out with anti-Russian rhetoric.

“But in reality, no one will provide Ukraine with F-15 fighters. This technique costs a lot of money, plus the high cost of its maintenance. In addition, to carry out flights on it, specially trained personnel and a large time resource are needed. Therefore, such proposals are made for the sake of a word, no more, ”the expert believes.

Moreover, even if we assume that the Americans will indeed provide Ukraine with several of these aircraft, the question will arise – who will fly them? The level of training of Ukrainian pilots, according to Leonkov, is at a very low level. This is indicated even by the fact that the aircraft participated in the military exercises organized by Kiev in fragments.

And even if we consider the theoretical possibility that a hundred F-15s will appear near the Russian border, they will not pose a serious danger, the observer said.

“The fact is that if these fighters try to do something against Russia, they will be immediately shot down. The Americans are well aware of this, ”Leonkov stressed.

Leonkov doubted that the United States would help Ukraine by handing over a hundred F-15s to it

In this regard, the military expert expressed doubts about the advisability of deploying Russian Su-27 and MiG-29 combat aircraft in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.

The Donbass republics simply do not need them, since Ukraine will not have American F-15s anyway, the expert said.

“The republics of the DPR and LPR have no rubber budget, since they are de facto in economic isolation. In addition, if something happens, then Russia will be the main ally of the DPR and LPR. Everyone is well aware of this, ”Leonkov recalled.

According to the expert, informational stuffing, such as the one published on the Atlantic Council website, is being done only because the Ukrainian leadership is trying to get a guarantee of NATO support in the event of an armed conflict with Russia. But neither the US soldiers nor the military personnel of other countries of the North Atlantic Alliance are going to fight for Ukraine, Leonkov added in conclusion.

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