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Statements of Western politicians on MiG-29 issue ‘unfortunate’ – official

On Tuesday, Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said the country was ready to send its Soviet-era MiG-29 jets to the Ramstein United States air base in Germany, and that it had requested other owners of such jets within Nato to "act in the same vein."
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A presidential minister has described as “unfortunate” comments made by Western politicians in reaction to a Polish plan to give the United States its MiG-29 fighter jets for use by Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said the country was ready to send its Soviet-era MiG-29 jets to the Ramstein United States air base in Germany, and that it had requested other owners of such jets within Nato to “act in the same vein.”

But White House officials on Tuesday said they had been blindsided by the Polish announcement on the MiGs, while the Pentagon noted “this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents was not tenable.”

Jakub Kumoch, an aide to Poland’s president Andrzej Duda, said on Wednesday, that the statements made by Western politicians, concerning Poland’s declaration were “unfortunate”, as it later had to be explained to the Ukrainian side that it was not Poland that was blocking the delivery.

“Everyone, in turn, needs to know that it is not Poland doing the blocking. Poland is ready to constructively resolve this issue and it is aware that there are war crimes being committed in Ukraine,” said Kumoch.

He pointed out that Poland had done what any other large, self-respecting country would have done. “This is exactly how Germany or France would have acted had they been put in the situation that Poland was placed at that moment,” he added.

“Poland is a responsible partner and a responsible Nato ally and believes that any actions that could lead to a clash between Russia and the entire Alliance… should require consultation with allies,” Kumoch added.

On Tuesday, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, said any decision about delivering offensive weapons must be made unanimously by Nato members.

“This is why we are able to give all of our fleet of jet fighters to Ramstein. But we are not ready to make any moves on our own because… we are not a party to this war,” he said. 


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