Putin Is ‘Serious Threat’ to Eastern NATO, Ex-Defense Official Warns

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Russia poses a "serious threat" to eastern NATO countries after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning about F-16s in Ukraine on Wednesday, a former U.S. Department of Defense official said. In August, Washington authorized its allies to give Ukraine the U.S.-made planes, equipped with more modern avionics and radars that would hand extra capabilities to Ukraine's Air Force, which relies on Soviet-era MiG and Sukhoi jets. A group of 14 countries has pledged to deliver the F-16s and help Ukraine with training. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian foreign minister, said on Wednesday that the planes should be arriving in the coming...