Status: 08.03.2022 21:57
Poland is ready to hand over its MiG-29 fighter jets to the United States. The jets are to be stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base. They could be made available to Ukraine via this detour.
Poland is ready to deliver its Mig-29 fighter jets to the US, which could make them available to Ukraine. Poland is ready to deliver the Soviet fighter jets to the US base in Ramstein and make them available to the US “free of charge and immediately,” the Polish Foreign Ministry said. According to reports, the machines will then be delivered to Ukraine, whose pilots are trained on this type. The Polish government urged other NATO allies to act in the same direction. However, Warsaw has repeatedly ruled out direct delivery to the neighboring country.
“Offer may not be acceptable”: Verena Bünten, ARD Washington, on Poland’s delivery of its fighter jets to the USA
night magazine 00:40 a.m., 9.3.2022
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At the same time, the United States is being asked to provide the country with used aircraft that are suitable for use. According to Poland, this offer is a response to recent statements made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a trip to Europe. “We are currently actively looking at the issue of planes that Poland could deliver to Ukraine,” Blinken said in Moldova. Apparently, US MPs had put pressure on Biden’s government to facilitate the transfer of aircraft from Poland to the United States.
US State Department surprised by offer
US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said at a US Senate hearing that Poland’s decision had not been discussed with the Washington government in advance. “I look forward to returning to my desk after this hearing is over and seeing how we respond to this proposal to give us the planes.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the United States to help Kyiv procure more fighter jets. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was reluctant to consider supplying Polish MiG-29s to Ukraine. One must ensure that this war does not spread to NATO territory, said Baerbock in an interview with “Bild-TV”. Even with weapons deliveries, no steep template should be given for saying “we are taking part in the war,” said the Green politician.
“Russian Ministry of Defense would regard delivery as participation in war operations”: Markus Preiß, ARD Brussels, on the Polish fighter jets for Ukraine
daily topics 10:40 p.m., 9.3.2022
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