Norway will "consider various ways to contribute to the training and education of Ukrainian personnel on F-16 fighter jets," according to a statement released by the Norwegian Defense Ministry on May 24.
"The government is positive about such an initiative. Together with allies and partners, Norway is now considering how we can contribute to training and education," Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said.
While not all countries are prepared to provide Ukraine with advanced Western fighter jets, an increasing number are willing to provide training on how to pilot them. French President Emmanuel Macron said on May 15 that France has "opened the door" for training Ukrainian pilots.
However, Ukraine has shown the most interest in the U.S.-built F-16, which has been in service since the 1970s and operated by over 20 nations.
Critics argue that allies' reluctance to supply Western fighter jets and long-range missiles to Ukraine may prolong Russia’s war of aggression and result in thousands of deaths.