Duda clarifies the number of MiG-29 fighters to be handed over to Ukraine: four more are being sent
Poland has already sent four MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine as part of its military assistance. Kyiv will soon receive four more such aircraft.
This was announced by Polish President Andrzej Duda at a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday, April 5. The event was broadcast on the Facebook page of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
He said that, in addition, Warsaw is ready to send six more MiG-29s to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
"Four of our MiG-29s have already been handed over to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Four more MiGs are being delivered now, recently. That is, eight aircraft have already been handed over. I told Mr President that I am ready to hand over six more, and they are preparing for this," Duda said.
He added that in the future, Poland could provide Ukraine with MiGs upgraded to NATO standards, but this could only happen with the consent of the United States and when Warsaw receives more modern fighters.
"We still have MiGs that have been modernised and are now adapted to NATO standards... We will still need them, but when they are replaced by the new aircraft that will be at our disposal, I believe that in the future we will be able to transfer our entire remaining fleet of MiG-29s, if necessary. As for their transfer, we need the consent of our allies, especially the United States," Duda said.
Warsaw has a total of 40 MiG-29 aircraft in service, but the Polish army uses only 29. The rest have not been repaired or modernised for years.
On April 3, the head of the Office of International Policy of the President of Poland, Marcin Przydacz, said that Warsaw had already handed over the first MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine. We are talking about several aircraft.
"According to my information, this process has already been completed, that is, the transfer of this first part," he said.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Duda said that sending F-16s would be a "very serious decision" that would be "not easy to make." He also stressed that the fighters "are in great need of maintenance", so "it is not enough to just send a few planes".
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