Ukraine-Russia War: Live News and Updates
The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected a proposal from the Polish government to send its MiG-29 fighters to a United States airport in Germany for end use by Ukraine, a rare note of disagreement between the two NATO allies because They face Russia.
The disagreement underscores pressure from the United States and its allies as they seek to provide military aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russia, without dragging it into a wider war.
Ukraine has been requesting for more warplanes, and US officials have raised the possibility that Poland could compensate Ukraine with its older Soviet-era fighters in exchange for US F-16s. Ukrainian pilots are trained on Russian aircraft.
Poland’s foreign affairs minister said in a statement on Tuesday that the country is ready to deploy its MiG-29 jets to Germany’s Ramstein Air Base, where they will be placed at the disposal of the US government. In return, Poland expected the US to provide it with used aircraft of comparable capabilities, the statement said.
But a Pentagon spokesman, John F. Kirby said Poland’s proposal to send planes to a US base in Germany, which surprised American diplomats, was not practical. In a statement, he said the possibility of the fighters departing from a US-NATO base in Germany and flying “in airspace that has been fought with Russia over Ukraine is a matter of grave concern to the entire NATO alliance.” “
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies regarding this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe that Poland’s proposal is a reasonable one,” he said.
The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking at a news conference in Oslo on Tuesday, said that while his country was ready to hand over its fleet of jet fighters to the United States military in Ramstein, Poland was ready to deliver the warplanes. Will not act unilaterally. Directly to Ukraine.
“Any decision on the delivery of offensive weapons has to be taken by the whole of NATO and unanimously,” he said. He said that Poland was not a party to the war.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has urged NATO allies to establish a no-fly zone on the country, but so far the coalition has rejected the proposal as it would certainly lead to widespread war between the allies and Russia.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Friday that the no-fly zone “could lead to a full-blown war in Europe involving many more countries and cause much more human suffering.”
On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry warned neighboring countries against possessing Ukrainian military aircraft, saying it “could be construed as those countries’ participation in a military conflict.”
Poland has become an important part of NATO’s efforts to help Ukraine and control Russia. More than 10,000 US troops are now stationed there as part of Washington’s effort to shore up the eastern side of the coalition. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees have crossed the Polish border.
It is a measure of the importance of Poland’s position on issues such as MiG-29 fighters that Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the country on Wednesday on a visit that will also include a stop in Romania. According to a White House statement, Ms Harris will discuss with leaders of both countries how NATO can support Ukraine “in the face of Russian aggression” through security, economic and humanitarian measures.
#UkraineRussia #War #Live #News #Updates