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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Dec. 22, following a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, that the Netherlands was preparing the delivery of the first tranche of F-16s, said to number 18 aircraft, to Ukraine, reported RT. According to Rutte, “a number of … criteria must also still be met before [the] delivery can take place, including requirements for personnel and infrastructure.” The prime minister also admitted that his nation is yet to obtain an export permit from the U.S.