The US reiterated that Poland’s shipment of MiG fighters to Ukraine does not change its refusal to do the same.

FILE PHOTO. White House national security spokesman John Kirby speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., on February 27, 2023. REUTERS/Leah Millis (LEAH MILLIS/)

Poland’s decision to become the first country to supply MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine “does not change” the US decision not to send its own jets to kyiv, the White House said Thursday.

“It does not change our analysis regarding the F-16s,” the officer told reporters. spokesman for National Security Council, John Kirbyreferring to the American-made fighter jet.

Poland’s measure “does not affect, does not change” that, he pointed out, recalling that the president Joe Biden he had publicly opposed the delivery of fighters to Ukraine.

The head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinkenspeaking to reporters during a visit to Niger, alluded to the high cost of US fighter jets.

“I think it’s a mistake to focus on one particular weapon system at any given time,” Blinken said.

According to the Secretary of State, it is important “not only to make sure that the Ukrainians have the correct weapons system, but that they can use it”.

“So depending on the system, that could require significant training” or maintenance, Blinken said.

“Different countries are doing different things in response to what they have and what the perceived needs are,” he concluded.

FILE - A Slovak Air Force MiG-29 fighter jet shortly before going through a spray of water during an air show in Malacky, Slovakia, on Aug. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
FILE – A Slovak Air Force MiG-29 fighter jet shortly before going through a spray of water during an air show in Malacky, Slovakia, on Aug. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File) (Petr David Josek/)

Poland will send warplanes to Ukraine

Poland plans to deliver to Ukraine a dozen MiG-29 fighter jetssaid the Polish president on Thursday, being the first NATO member country responding to the urgent request for aircraft from the Ukrainian government.

the polish president Andrzej Duda He said his country will deliver four of the Soviet-made planes in the coming days and the rest must be examined for later delivery.

Duda did not clarify if other countries will do the same, although Slovakia has announced that it will send its disused MiGs to Ukraine.

Duda said that Poland currently has a dozen MiG aircraft which he inherited from the former German Democratic Republic.

“These MiGs are still in service with the Polish air force. They are in their last few years of operation, but for the most part are still working at full capacity”Duda said.

The MiGs transferred to Ukraine will be replaced in their country by South Korean FA-50 aircraft purchased by Poland, to be followed by American F-35.

Earlier on Thursday, the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczakhad said that Poland wanted to transfer MiG-29 jets to Ukraine “within the framework of a broader coalition of countries.”

Asked about the countries of this coalition, Blaszczak mentioned Slovakiabut added that “of course we are open to others.”

“We absolutely want to carry out our activity within the framework of a coalition,” he added.

Last year, Slovakiaa neighbor of Poland, had said that she was willing to discuss the shipment of MiG-29 aircraft to help replace the losses of Ukraine’s current reserves.

However, since then no final decision has been made.

Duda made the Polish announcement after holding talks with his Czech counterpart Peter Pavelformer general of the NATO.

The president’s comments came after his defense minister earlier said the Polish counterintelligence had dismantled a Russian spy network.

Blaszczak told Polish public radio that it was an “espionage group… collecting information for those who attacked Ukraine.”

(With information from AFP)

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