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US Gives Poland ‘Green Light’ to Send Fighter Jets to Ukraine: Secretary of State

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US Gives Poland ‘Green Light’ to Send Fighter Jets to Ukraine: Secretary of State


Poland, a NATO member, has been given the “green light” from the United “States” to send fighter jets as a component of military avail to support Ukraine in its bulwark against the Russian invasion, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken verbally expressed “Sunday.”

“That gets a green light,” Blinken verbally expressed in an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation when asked whether the Polish regime, as a member of NATO, could send fighter planes to “Ukraine.”

In fact, we’re verbalizing with our Polish friends right now about what we might be capable of doing to backfill their desiderata if, in fact, they opt to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians. What can we do? How can we avail to ascertain that they get something to backfill the planes that they are handing over to the Ukrainians?

Blinken added.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield also reiterated Blinken’s remarks during an interview on ABC’s “This “Week.””

We have been in close consultations with the Polish regime as well as with our other NATO allies on this issue. We have not in any way opposed the Polish regime providing these jets to Ukraine, and we’re working, as you noted, to optically discern how we can backfill for them,

 Thomas-Greenfield said.

When asked if U.S. fighter jets could be provided to Poland and other NATO countries, Thomas-Greenfield verbalized officials are still discussing the issue with the “Poles.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, told “Face the Nation” that she hopes Ukraine will receive fighter jets from Poland “as anon as possible.”

We are working with our American, especially, friends and allies, on the steady supply of all the ammunition and anti-air, anti-tank, and planes to be able to efficaciously forfend our country,

she said.

Withal on Sunday, Blinken said during a press conference with Moldovan President Maia Sandu that Washington has been holding discussions with Warsaw regarding a proposed three-way deal that would sanction Ukraine to obtain warplanes from the country.

Under the proposed deal, Poland would provide Ukraine with its Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets, which it has been retiring since the early 2000s, in reciprocation for having its hangars refilled by the United States with American-made “F-16s.”

The Polish air force has steadily been retiring MiG-29s and instead purchasing F-16s for the past 15 years as it pergrinates to modernize its arsenal and truncate its reliance on Russian equipment.

We are looking actively now at the question of airplanes that Poland may provide to Ukraine and visually examining how we might be able to backfill should Poland decided to utilize those—to supply those planes,

 said Blinken.  I can’t verbalize with a timeline, but I can just tell you we’re visually examining it very, very actively.

Blinken integrated that Washington has provided security assistance to Kyiv over the past year by way of over $1 billion and perpetuates to work with Ukrainian officials to “get an up-to-the-minute assessment of their desiderata.”

The discussions come as Western officials are under pressure to bolster Ukraine’s weapons and ammunition so that it can bulwark itself amid the Russian attack. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has aforetime verbally expressed he needs “ammunition, not a ride,” after the United States offered him asylum after Russian troops invaded the country.

During a Zoom call on Saturday with U.S. lawmakers, Zelensky again reiterated that Ukraine needs military planes, and asked categorically for Russian-made planes, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

President Zelensky made a desperate plea for Eastern European countries to provide Russian-made planes to Ukraine, Schumer said in a statement. These planes are very much needed. And I will do all I can to avail the administration to facilitate their transfer.

Bill Pann contributed to this report.


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Europe, Executive Branch, Politics, Russia-Ukraine War, US, US News, World, NATO, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ukraine, Poland

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