Sweden does not intend to provide Ukraine with its state-of-the-art Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets, Defense Minister Pol Jonson said on Sunday. Kiev had previously said that it would like to receive modern aircraft from its Western backers, including Stockholm.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Aleksey Reznikov, in Odessa, Jonson was asked to comment on whether Gripen jets could be used by Kiev in its conflict with Moscow.
“There are no imminent plans for sending Gripen to Ukraine. I want to be clear on that, but I think it’s a very good plane,” he said, reminding everyone that several EU countries were operating this type of aircraft.
While Reznikov did not offer any follow-up remarks, in an October interview with Politico, he expressed hope that Kiev would eventually get Western state-of-the-art military hardware. “I am sure that [deliveries of] fighter jets like F-16s, F-15s, or Gripen from Sweden will also be possible,” he said at the time.