Washington, March 6: United States is very closely following the reports which have claimed that Pakistan misused American-made F-16 fighter jets against India in the recent aerial confrontation between the two countries said US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino at his biweekly news conference in Washington on Tuesday.
He was responding to questions that Pakistan has violated the end-user agreement on F-16 that it procured from the United States.
Speaking on the United States position regarding the reports of escalating tension between New Delhi and Islamabad following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, which claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel, the Deputy Spokesperson noted: "Our position - the position of the United States is we continue to urge both sides to continue to take steps to de-escalate the situation, and that includes through direct communication."
"I can't confirm anything, but as a matter of policy, we don't publicly comment on the contents of bilateral agreements that we have in this regard involving U.S. defence technologies nor the communications that we have with other countries about that. So we're taking a look and we're going to continue to take a look, and I'm going to leave it at that," Palladino asserted when asked to comment on whether Pakistan has been misusing the fighter planes.
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The Indian Air Force last Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India's anti-terror operation in Balakot.