Poland’s Offer to Equip Ukraine with MiG-29 Fighter Jets, Denied

Poland’s Offer to Equip Ukraine with MiG-29 Fighter Jets, Denied

The Polish government will no longer send MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. White House said it proposed “serious concerns” for the whole NATO members.

Pentagon Declines Poland’s Offer to Equip Ukraine with MiG-29 Fighter Jets

Poland offered to send Ukraine with MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine to help Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It will help renew the invaded country’s air force while defending against the attacking Russian troops.

The plan is to deliver the MiG-29 fighter jets to a US base in Germany, particularly in Ramstein. The fighter jets will then be released to Ukraine. However, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby suggested that the possibility of the jets flying from a US-NATO base into the sky that’s disputed with Russia over Ukraine proliferated issues for the entire NATO union.

“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one. It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it,” said Kirby in a statement.

Since the start of the Russian invasion, a sizeable part of Ukraine’s air force squadron. Both countries have suffered considerable losses, and no one controls the airspace over the country.

Ukraine’s air force formation consists of outdated Sukhoi-25, Sukhoi-27, and Soviet-era MiG-29. Additionally, these are the only fighter jets that Ukrainian pilots could fly right away, even without additional training. As Ukraine requests Western allies for military jets, providing Kyiv with jet fighters will generate serious risks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any country that will support Ukraine’s air force would be seen in Moscow. They shall be deemed engaged in the onslaught and open up suppliers to feasible counterattack.

Preventing Backfires

The Pentagon intercepts Poland’s plan to send Ukraine with fighter jets to combat the Russian air force. It’s not a question if they can or cannot. They can if they want to; however, NATO doesn’t want Poland to get entangled in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. As it disclosed before, Russia might also attack Poland; any country that will help Ukraine would get a piece of their mind.

“The transfer of MiG-29 aircraft will not appreciably increase the effectiveness of the Ukrainian Air Force. The Ukrainian Air Force currently possesses numerous mission-capable aircraft that are flying daily. Adding aircraft to the Ukrainian inventory is unlikely to change the effectiveness of the Ukrainian Air Force relative to Russian capabilities. Therefore, we assess that the overall gain is low,” said the U.S. European Command chief, Gen. Tod Wolters.  

According to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed with his Polish counterpart. He noted that the US is seeking other options to provide more crucial military needs to Ukraine. It includes air defence and anti-armour weapon systems.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the US collaborates with the Poles. At the same time, they discuss the whole issue with the rest of the NATO members.

“We are looking actively now at the question of aeroplanes that Poland may provide to Ukraine and looking at how we might be able to backfill should Poland decide to supply those planes. I can’t speak to a timeline, but I can just say we’re looking at it very, very actively,” Blinken said.

 

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