British Deputy Defense Minister James Heappey said that the UK is ready to help Poland fill the gaps in air defense caused by Warsaw sending some of its MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine.
President Andrzej Duda announced on Thursday that Poland would hand over four MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine in the coming days. He added that further aircraft are currently being serviced and will be handed over successively. On Friday, the Slovak government announced that it would hand over 13 MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine.
Great Britain offers its planes. Waiting for a request from Poland
Britain’s deputy defense minister James Heappey told the German newspaper Welt that the UK is ready to help Poland fill the gaps in air defense caused by sending some of its fighters to Ukraine.
“We will look very positively at the Polish request to fill the gaps. We did it when Warsaw first delivered T-72 tanks to Ukraine, and we sent Challenger 2 tanks to Poland. The same applies to fighters,” said the deputy head of the British Ministry of Defence. He added that such a request from Warsaw has not yet been received.
Deputy Minister of Defense of Great Britain: Poland’s decision is a great moment
James Heappey stressed that Poland’s decision to transfer MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine is a “great moment”. In his opinion, it is also the best solution for the Ukrainians, because “they need planes that they already know.”
“For the rest of us [sojuszników – przyp. red.] the question remains to what extent we will complement the combat capabilities of those air forces that are giving up their equipment, “said the UK’s deputy defense minister.
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