The US has called an offer from Poland to send Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to a US base in Germany – which will then be given to the Ukrainian air force – “unacceptable”.
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The US rejected a Polish offer to move Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to a US base in Germany as a way to then supply them to the Ukrainian air force.
The United States has sought to accelerate arms deliveries to Ukraine, but the prospect of sending fighter jets from NATO territory into a war zone “causes grave concern for the entire NATO alliance,” the Pentagon said.
Separately, the US military announced that it would deploy two batteries of Patriot missiles to Poland to proactively “counter any potential threats to US and Allied forces and NATO territory.”
NATO has said it does not want direct conflict with Russia, a nuclear-armed power, and President Joe Biden has ruled out sending US troops to Ukraine to fight, something the Pentagon has vowed to impose. for use by soldiers on land or in the air. , flight mission.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said of the Polish proposal: “It was simply not clear to us that there was a good reason for it.
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies on this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it poses, but we do not believe that the Polish proposal is a Proposal is solvable.”
On Tuesday, the Polish Foreign Ministry announced that it was ready to deploy its MiG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and deliver them to the United States for use. It urged other members of the alliance that have other such planes to do the same.
A US State Department diplomat said the Polish proposal caught the US by surprise.
“To the best of my knowledge, their intention to deliver these planes to us was not consulted in advance,” Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said during a Commission hearing. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“So I think it was really a surprise move by the Poles,” she said.
The stalemate raises questions about the viability of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy begging European countries to supply Russian-made planes, an issue he highlighted during a Saturday video call with experts. US Legislature.
US lawmakers are eager to speed up military aid to Ukraine and are pushing the Biden administration to facilitate the plane’s delivery.
But Poland’s announcement may also reflect its own concerns.
Poland is providing Ukraine with defensive weapons, but has announced it will not send jets because it is not a direct party to the conflict between Ukraine – which is not a NATO ally – and Russia.
This week, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that countries that provide Ukraine with airports to attack Russia could be seen as participating in the conflict.
Nuland said the key issue is assessing what Poland’s immediate needs are when it’s on the edge of conflict.
“Poland – they benefit from adequate aviation security from the NATO alliance. … The main issue is to assess what Poland’s immediate needs are in the context of being a neighbor to this conflict. “, she said.
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