U.S: Poland’s offer to send MIG-29 aircraft to Ukraine from Ramstein military base “not viable”


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The Polish authorities announced that they are ready to send all their MIG-29 aircraft immediately and free of charge to the military base in Ramstein, Germany, placing them at the disposal of the United States government, so that they can then be sent, most likely , in Ukraine, as a form of support for the Ukrainian army that has been defending itself for two weeks against the Russian invaders.

Instead, Poland is asking to receive used American planes in exchange, but which have the same capabilities as the leased planes.

However, The United States considers that Warsaw’s proposal to send its MiG-29 aircraft to the US military for delivery to Ukraine is not viable. Pentagon Press Secretary, John Kirby explained that the prospect of fighter jets departing from Ramstein raises serious concern.

“We are now in contact with the Polish government following the statement issued today. As we have said, the decision about whether to transfer Polish-owned planes to Ukraine is ultimately one for the Polish government.

We will continue consulting with our Allies and partners about our ongoing security assistance to Ukraine, because, in fact, Poland’s proposal shows just some of the complexities this issue presents

The prospect of fighter jets “at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America” departing from a U.S./NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance

It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it. 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,” Kirby said on Twitter.

Poland had also called on other NATO allies holding MIG-29s to do the same. Polish aviation owns 21 single-seater MiG-29 aircraft and six other two-seater aircraft of the same type.

Earlier, the Polish prime minister had said he did not plan to send planes and that he was “already providing significant assistance in many other areas”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a desperate call to US congressmen on Saturday, calling for planes to fight Russian invaders. Ukraine prefers to receive Russian-made aircraft, such as MIG 29 as their pilots are accustomed to pilot them.

Russia’s air force has not yet managed to dominate the Ukrainian sky, despite its overwhelming numerical advantage over the Ukrainian army, which partly explains why the Russian ground forces are advancing very hard through the territory they have invaded. military experts.


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