Poland is preparing to give its MiG-29s under some circustances to the USA, according to the Polish Foreign Ministry but John Kirby thinks that this offer is “not tenable”
Poland offered yesterday as free of charge all the MiG-29 fighters it has to the US base in Germany, possibly to end up in Ukraine.
The Polish Foreign Ministry announced that Warsaw is asking the US to provide used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities in exchange and that Poland is ready to immediately determine the terms of purchase of the aircraft. Warsaw called on other NATO allies with MiG-29s to act “in the same spirit”.
But the proposal seems very complex for the US side that almost seems that has already rejected the Polish offer as US Pentagon John Kirby said:
“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” John Kirby stated.