May 24, 2022

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The United States says a proposal by Poland to hand over its warplanes is ‘impossible’

The MiG-29, a former Soviet-made device, can be used without training by Ukrainian pilots (REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva / File Photo)

The United States was taken by surprise on Tuesday Poland announces readiness to supply its Mig-29 fighter jets To Ukraine. The Pentagon later added that This offer is not “workable”.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the United States believed the departure of planes from the US and NATO bases to fly into disputed airspace with Russia was “a serious concern for the NATO alliance as a whole.”

“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies on this issue and the difficult logistics challenges it poses, but We do not believe that the Polish plan is feasible.

As far as I know we have never been consulted beforeThe Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs had previously told US lawmakers. Victoria NulandDuring a hearing in the Senate. “I was at a meeting I should have known before I came (to the Senate hearing) I think this is really an amazing move of the poles.

When a senator asked if U.S. officials had coordinated in advance Poland Before Warsaw made its announcement, Nuland said: “I do not know”.

Poland said on Tuesday it was ready to hand over its Mig-29 aircraft to the United States “without delay”.During the war with Russia, the Polish Foreign Ministry pointed out that this opened the way for a possible plan to transfer these devices to Ukraine.

Poland “It is ready to provide all Mig-29 aircraft without delay and for free [alemana] From Rammstein to the US government, “the ministry said in a statement.

Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary for Political Affairs (via Susan Walsh / Pool REUTERS)
Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary for Political Affairs (via Susan Walsh / Pool REUTERS)

The document states that The plan comes in response to recent statements by US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other Western leaders last week ruled out the possibility of NATO providing warplanes to Ukraine.

But On Sunday, Blinken agreed that they were considering this option.

“We are now actively exploring how to send flights to Ukraine via Poland and how to compensate for it.”Announced during a visit to Moldova.

Former Soviet-made MiG-29s can be used by Ukrainian pilots without training.

If this is why The Ukrainian Air Force was made exclusively of Soviet MiG-29 and Sukhoi-27 fighter jets. (Air defense and ground support) And Sukhoi-25 fighter jetsAccording to the International Military Research Institute (IISS) “Military Balance”.

A Polish Air Force MIG-29 aircraft at the Radom Air Show in ROUTERS / Kacper Pempel, Poland.
A Polish Air Force MIG-29 aircraft at the Radom Air Show in ROUTERS / Kacper Pempel, Poland.

There are about thirty MiG aircraft in Poland, but only 23 can operate. The Polish government urged other NATO members holding Mig-29s to follow suit.

For now, other Eastern NATO member states with these Soviet aircraft are on alert. Two factors may explain it: Fear that war near their borders would not weaken their own naval fleet and would be considered militant by Russia.

To deliver a plane, you have to make it fly in the country in question, which can be explained as an active participant in the conflict.“It’s a NATO country, says an unnamed French fighter pilot.

Other uncertainty: Has the capability to maintain Mig-29 aircraft in deteriorating conditions, such as the current status of Ukrainian military air bases and the capability of Ukrainian forces.

(With information from AFP)

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