Portugal ready to train Ukrainian fighter jet pilots and mechanics – FM Kuleba

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During his visit to Lisbon on 19 May, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with Portugal Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho and Defense Minister Helena Carreiras.

According to a statement by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Kuleba expressed gratitude to the Portuguese government for its decision to join the fighter jet coalition by training Ukrainian pilots and mechanics on Western-made combat aircraft.

“Portugal has demonstrated leadership by joining the tank coalition. Given the intensification of Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian cities and villages, it is critically important that Ukraine has the ability to throw Russia out of the Ukrainian sky,” Kuleba said.

Previously, FM Kuleba said four countries were ready to train Ukrainian pilots – the UK, The Netherlands, France, and Belgium. On 19 May, welcoming the US decision to approve the training of Ukrainian pilots, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also mentioned Denmark as a country ready to train the pilots:

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