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Heavy weapons from NATO members – delivery of combat aircraft to Ukraine under discussion again

Discussing the delivery of combat aircraft to Ukraine again

Polish Air Force MiG-29s (top and bottom, two F-16s in the middle) - Slovakia now wants to cede these fighter jets to Ukraine.

According to Heger, who was in Ukraine with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the MiG-29 could not be maintained without individual parts of Russia, but his country did not want such a “relationship”. In addition, the government in Kyiv had ordered aircraft and Zuzana-type howitzers. “If this material is useful anywhere, it is in Ukraine,” Heger told SME. The EU should help Ukraine “to win”.

The debate that was the subject of NATO and the European Union a month ago returns. At that time, Poland offered to abandon the MiG-29 And he wanted to deliver it to Ukraine via the American base in Ramstein, Rhineland-Palatinate. The US Department of Defense immediately rejected this, because Russia’s nuclear power could see the delivery of fighter jets to Ukraine by a NATO member as an escalation. The defense alliance wants to avoid direct confrontation with Moscow at all costs, so the delivery of MiG-29s, unlike tanks, is considered risky.

Meanwhile, Kyiv continues to be supported by heavy equipment. During his visit to Kyiv, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged 120 armored vehicles and more anti-ship missiles. Shortly before that, London had already pledged military aid worth nearly 120 million euros: 800 anti-tank weapons, precision-guided munitions and modern Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles with a range of up to seven kilometers. It is a complement to the Soviet S-300 air defense system, which has a range of more than 100 km. Slovakia gave Ukraine only one. In NATO, Bulgaria and Greece still have the S-300 systems. Here, too, the United States is likely to apply friendly pressure.

The United States reports that “some countries” will leave tanks for Ukraine