As Vice President Harris visits Eastern Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has begged the US to make the deal for Polish fighter jets to be transferred to Ukraine happen!
“We are grateful to Poland…for its readiness to provide Ukraine with combat aircraft,” Zelenskyy said in a virtual address. “The problem is in logistics. In fact, it is a technical issue. It must be solved – immediately.”
Zelenskyy’s comments came just one day after NATO-ally Poland surprised the US by announcing it would send all MiG-29 warplanes to the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The Pentagon pushed back on the move and said it raised real concerns regarding the deployment of warplanes from a US base in a NATO-allied nation to combat Russian forces.
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said.
Speaking to Fox News on the grounds of anonymity, Two senior US defense officials said that the US would not stop Poland from sending the MiG-29 planes but said flying them to Ramstein Air Base is logistically tricky and could risk broadening the conflict.
Graham “Dumbfounded” by DoD Decision of Polish MiGs
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham lashed out at the Biden administration for seemingly slowing the transfer of Polish fighter jets to Ukraine, saying he was “dumbfounded” by the administration’s opposition to the plan.
“I’m beyond dumbfounded the Biden Administration is opposing the transfer of Polish MiGs to Ukrainian pilots so they can defend their homeland,” the South Carolina Republican said on Twitter.
Graham has been a vocal advocate for Ukraine throughout the war, going so far as to call on Russian citizens to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.
Now Graham is calling on the White House to allow the transfer of MiG fighter jets to Ukraine, saying arguing the US cannot allow “Putin run NATO or freeze our ability to respond appropriately.”
“The Biden Administration apparently supported Poland, a NATO member, transferring the jets, but all of a sudden, it is untenable when America is involved in the transfer,” Graham said.
The issue of delivery of the MiGs aside, the US and NATO allies like the UK have said they are looking to increase air defense systems to continue countering Russian missile attacks.
Still, Zelenskyy urged the US and Poland to find a way to get them the MiG-29 planes and said, “We do not have time for all these signals.”
“This is not ping pong. This is about human lives,” he added. “We ask once again: solve it faster. Do not shift the responsibility; send us planes.”