Why Ukraine is finally getting new fighter jets from NATO

By | March 21, 2023

Michael Weiss and James Rushton report:

Ukraine is now getting warplanes, although not the coveted U.S.-made F-16s it has been pushing for.

In what counts as another milestone in the West’s willingness to increase security assistance to the war-ravaged nation, Poland and Slovakia, both NATO members, announced last week they will jointly be donating their entire inventory of Soviet-era MiG-29s to Ukraine.

Speaking alongside newly elected Czech President Petr Pavel in a press conference in Warsaw on Thursday, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that four fully functional Polish MiG-29 fighter jets would be supplied to Ukraine in “the next few days.”

“As the West, we have two red lines,” Radek Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, told Yahoo News. “We don’t want Ukraine to attack Russian territory, and we don’t want a direct clash between the Russian army and those of NATO members. Everything below that threshold is fair game.” [Continue reading…]