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Cool your jets: Why the West is making Ukraine wait for fighter planes


During the recent discussions around tanks, France moved early to send Ukraine light tanks — a decision it argues set the stage for allies to later approve the norm-breaking battalion of heavy tanks. Now, France is sending cryptic signals it may aim to play a similar role.
“I wonder what the messaging means,” said Pierre Haroche, a Paris-based Lecturer in International Security at Queen Mary University of London. “If France wants to retain leadership, it has to follow words with actions.”




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