Slovakia is considering the transfer of MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad’ announced. Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger was personally asked for the planes by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the European Union summit, the AP agency wrote. At the same time, she noted that not all Slovak politicians agree on this issue.
So far, Slovakia has provided Ukraine with armaments worth approximately EUR 168 million. It is mainly a heavy weapon from the communist era of Czechoslovakia. The equipment sent to Ukraine includes S-300 air defense systems, helicopters, ammunition for multiple launchers Grad, as well as armored vehicles.
In response to the Ukrainian government’s intensifying appeals for the supply of fighters in recent days, Bratislava is now considering handing over 10 out of 11 MiG-29 aircraft produced in the USSR to Kiev. The eleventh machine is reserved for the museum, the AP agency wrote.
Currently as a member FOR THIS, Slovakia is modernizing its armed forces. Last summer, the country’s air force stopped using the MiGs due to a lack of spare parts and maintenance specialists. However, Ukraine’s air force, which flies the MiG 29s, will need the old machines, notes the Associated Press.
“We will never use MiGs again,” said Minister Nad’. They have no real value to us. (…) And it is in our national interest that Ukraine can defend itself against Russian aggression, he added.
The final decision on this matter is expected in the coming days.
Ukraine support. Zelensky asks for planes
The AP agency also reminded that in exchange for sending old weapons to Ukraine, Slovakia received German Leopard tanks and Mantis air defense systems. In addition, American, German and Dutch soldiers are stationed on its territory, along with Patriot air defense batteries.
The president of Ukraine, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, personally asked for the planes Volodymyr Zelensky at the EU summit, the AP agency wrote, noting that not all Slovak politicians agree on this issue.
President Zuzana Czaputova asked the government to refrain from sending planes to early elections in September, which the opposition has a good chance of winning. Its leader, former Prime Minister Robert Fico, opposes military support for Ukraine and European Union sanctions against it Russiasaid the government had no mandate to supply jets to Ukraine.
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