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Russia-Ukraine War: The United States rejected the exchange of warplanes offered by Poland

Poland made a proposal to the United States on Tuesday that caused surpriseas acknowledged by US officials and discomfort, according to the diplomatic affair that it triggered. The European country offered trade in your fighter jets for used ones. But the proposal included something else: that it be Washington that gives them to Kiev to collaborate with the Ukrainian resistance against the Russian invasion.

The attempt to do this triangulation, the less conspicuous, was quickly without effect, because the Pentagon dismissed the initiative. But the move exposed to the world America’s reluctance to engage militarily in the conflict.

According to a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland made available to the United States all its MIG-29 aircraft“immediately and safely”, to be transferred to the Air Base of Ramstein, in German territory.

In return, it was willing to receive “used aircraft with the corresponding operational capabilities” and even intended to “immediately establish the conditions of purchase” of war aircraft. There was even talk of F-16 as the desired compensation.

A Polish Air Force MIG-29, during a show in that country. Photo REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

According to the United States Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, Joe Biden’s management did not foresee the Polish proposal being so large. “As far as I know, they had not consulted us before,” said the number three in US diplomacy during a Senate hearing. And she added: “I think it’s a surprise announcement from the Poles“.

Given this scenario, the Pentagon, through a statement by its press secretary, John F. Kirby, he sought to quickly detach himself from the matter. “The decision to transfer Polish-owned aircraft to Ukraine is, ultimately a decision of the Polish government”, he expressed.

It is that, as he explained, it is a possibility that he raised “serious concerns to NATO” for not having “a substantive justification” for combat aircraft to depart from a US base in Germany to the airspace that is disputed by the countries directly involved in the conflict.

“We will continue to consult with our allies and partners about our ongoing security assistance to Ukraine because, in fact, Poland’s proposal shows only some of the complexities that presents this problem,” added the US Department of Defense.

Precisely, in the same statement, Poland had asked NATO allies, owners of MIG-29 aircraft, to also make these devices available to send them to Ukraine. That line in the official statement seemed like an attempt to seek the western reaction demanded by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

US Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to arrive in Poland, and also in Romania, in the coming days. North American media such as CNN maintain that the issue of planes for Ukraine was on the agenda.

In recent days, the Ukrainian president had also called on the West to “close the sky” over Ukraine to Russian planes, or to hand over planes to Kiev to counter enemy attacks.

Garry Kasparov against NATO

The Pentagon’s response to the Polish proposal caused the chess grandmaster anger and Russian political activist, Garry Kasparov.

Again?! This is a joke? Ukrainian civilians are being slaughtered and NATO is still wondering how to keep the man who slaughters them happy. Sorry but NATO will have to do things that Putin does not like. They delayed so long that now risk is required, ”she said in a statement made through her Twitter account.

In addition, he considered that “if the NATO nations had armed Ukraine to the teeth since 2014, this would never have happened.” “Always late, always as little as possible, always excuses. That’s over,” Kasparov complained.

“Now you must fight instead of sacrificing Ukraine for your sins sloth and greed”, Completed who is considered one of the best chess players of all time.


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