According to Fidesz, the left wing of the European Parliament is preparing for another “brutal pressure exercise” next week in order to force Hungary into war – Fidesz member of the European Parliament Balázs Hidvéghi spoke about this in a video statement posted on his social media site on Friday.
The politician from the governing party said: the EP representatives are preparing another false report condemning Hungary with the “effective cooperation of the Hungarian dollar left”. The text being prepared is “full of gross lies” and calls on the European Commission not to pay the EU funds due to Hungary, he added.
He called it outrageous that while the dollar left is demonstrating in Hungary for a salary increase for teachers, at the same time in Brussels it is working to ensure that the Hungarian people do not receive the resources they are entitled to, and thus the teachers do not receive a salary increase.
According to Balázs Hidvéghi, the goal of the dollar left and Brussels is to force Hungary to give up its pro-peace stance and drag it into war.
“However, we stand by the pro-peace position and send a message to Brussels that we will not give in to pressure: we will give a worthy response to each and every false attack and will not let Hungary be drawn into the war,” he said.
Russian forces attacked Kiev again overnight, the local civil and military administration said on Friday, claiming that all missiles had been intercepted and destroyed.
“Another air attack against Kiev, the 13th in a row since the beginning of May! As always, at night“, the public administration announced on the Telegram messaging page. According to the information, the robotic aircraft were launched by Tu-95MSZ strategic bombers from the Caspian Sea region.
All enemy targets in Kyiv’s airspace were detected and destroyed, the authorities wrote.
In its daily briefing on Friday morning, the Ukrainian General Staff reported more than fifty Russian airstrikes carried out by drones carrying explosives and rockets.
An SZ-300 missile hit a dam in the Donetsk region, in the Karlivka area, the general staff said, adding that there is a high risk of flooding in the area.
In Russia, an explosion caused damage to a building in the city of Krasnodar, near Crimea, without causing any casualties, according to local authorities quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency. The Russian news portal Readovka posted a photo on its Telegram channel of a building whose top floor and roof were damaged and blackened.
The cause of the incident is being investigated, the mayor of Krasnodar, Yevgeny Naumov, said on Telegram.
The United States strongly condemns Russia’s preparations to install tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, but for the time being it does not consider it necessary to change its own nuclear strategy, the spokesperson of the US State Department said in Washington on Thursday local time. Matthew Miller described the move as irresponsible behavior on the part of the Russian side. He repeated the American warning that the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons during the Russian-Ukrainian conflict would have “serious consequences”. He added, however, that the United States sees no sign that Russia is preparing to deploy a nuclear weapon.
Prior to this, the US State Department indicated that it intends to purchase a new air defense system for Ukraine worth 285 million dollars.
According to the ministry’s document dated Wednesday, it plans to enter into a contract for the devices with an Arizona-based military industrial company. According to the detailed description, it is a medium-range ground-based NASAMS air defense system with full equipment.
The Ukrainian government asked the American government to purchase the device, according to the statement.
The issue of F16 fighter jets is a long-term issue for Ukraine, currently ground-based air defense is the most effective way to protect the country, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley said at a press conference in Washington on Thursday.
After the online meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which cooperates in the military supply of Ukraine, comprising 50 countries, Lloyd Austin called it necessary to provide additional assistance to the Ukrainian air defense. He added that to this end, the United States and its allies are negotiating with suppliers about the production of additional new air defense equipment. He highlighted the Norwegian-American developed NASAM medium-range air defense missile system.
The minister reported that in the coming weeks, the United States, in cooperation with the Netherlands and Denmark, which take a leading role in the program, will develop the framework for training Ukrainian pilots for F16 fighter jets. He also said that Norway, Belgium, Portugal and Poland have already offered their help in the training program, but other countries are still waiting.
Lloyd Austin also reported that at the meeting Oleksiy Reznikov reported on the latest events on the Ukrainian battlefield.
The Chief of the American General Staff stated that the Ukrainian armed forces demonstrated a high degree of flexibility recently with the effective use of the Patriot air defense systems, which will be the same with the F16 fighter jets.
At the same time, General Mark Milley emphasized: cost-benefit risk analyzes show that the most effective in protecting Ukrainian airspace are the integrated air defense systems already provided to Ukraine.
“The fastest and most effective way to control the airspace is ground protection” for both short, medium and long range, said the Chief of Staff.
Regarding the F16s, he noted that 10 of these fourth- and fifth-generation fighters would cost a total of $1 billion, with an additional $1 billion in system costs, while the Russian military currently has 1,000 fighters of this category. Anyone who wants to compete with this must have a significant number of similar machines, he emphasized.
The chief of staff added that the F-16s may have a role over time and that Ukraine deserves to have them, but it will take time to “build an air force of the necessary size and capabilities.”
Now the smartest thing is what they have followed so far, i.e., that Ukraine was provided with air defense systems in order to take air superiority away from the Russian side, which also enabled ground successes for the Ukrainian forces, said General Mark Milley of the International Defense of Ukraine After the contact group meeting.
America still seems unwilling to send fighter jets from its stockpile, but it will no longer prevent other allied countries from doing so in the future.
The Biden administration has given permission to European allies to deliver F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, CNN has learned from White House sources. According to the newspaper, this may have happened because the Bidens were under increasing pressure from members of Congress and allies to help Ukraine amid intensifying Russian airstrikes.
It is an open question, however, exactly which country and how many of these fighters will be sent. CNN states,
U.S. government officials are not aware of any formal requests from any allies to export F-16s.
and State Department officials who would normally be tasked with the administrative work of approving such third-party transfers, the sources said, have not yet been given work orders.
Who keeps F-16s? For example, the Netherlands, which previously indicated that it was willing to hand over “a few pieces” to Ukraine. Apart from the Dutch, the Germans and the British, who have seemed the most committed to the issue in recent months, can be seriously considered. However, an official request has not yet been received from them.
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