May 18, 2022

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Ukraine: Poland prepares to hand over MiG-29 fighter jets to US

Ukraine: Poland prepares to hand over MiG-29 fighter jets to US

After consultation with the Polish Republican authorities, the President and the government, the MiG-29s were ready to move to the Rammstein base without delay and for free. [en Allemagne] And make them available to the United States governmentThe Polish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Instead, the Polish government asked the United States to provide second-hand aircraft with the same operational capabilities as the MiG-29. Warsaw says it is ready to immediately set the stage for the purchase of these aircraft.

The Polish government is asking other NATO allies to do the same, including the MiG-29s.

The Polish Foreign Ministry said it had decided to sell 28 of its MiG-29s. Following the announcement by the Secretary of State of the United States regarding the handover of aircraft to Ukraine.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told the United States during a visit to Moldova Worked actively On an agreement with Poland to send warplanes to Ukraine to fight Russian air and ground forces.

Soviet-designed MiG-29 fighter jets make up the majority of Ukrainian fighter jets. The majority of pilots in the country are trained to fight on these planes.

However, in the first hours of the Russian invasion most of the Ukrainian fighters were destroyed on the ground or in the air, the Ukrainian forces lost their air capabilities.

Poland, a neighboring country and a member of NATO, has asked the Ukrainians to provide its own Mig-29s to repel a Russian invader who has almost completely dominated the skies for ten days.

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However, Threats from President Vladimir Putin Against any direct NATO intrusion into the conflict, it would make the operation more sensitive to the coalition running on egg shells in the region.

Washington Shocked By Warsaw Offer

According to the agency France-Presse, US Secretary of State Victoria N‌land was quoted as saying that the United States Shocked By the Warsaw proposal.

As far as I know, the Under-Secretary for Political Affairs explained during the parliamentary hearing that they had not contacted us before. I think this is a surprising statement from the polls.

Believing that she had not been warned about this volt-face by Poland, Ms. Nuland agreed: “We have been in consultation with the Ukrainians for a few days about this request to receive their flights.”

According to the Pentagon correspondent Defense OneAccording to Tara Cope, US Department of Defense: We have nothing to offer them at the momentWarsaw says it is ready to buy second-hand aircraft as an alternative to its MiG-29s.