For the past week we had Ukraine President Zelensky begging for old Polish and the country Soviet build Fighter jets….
He dearly wants a “No Fly Zone’…..
But THAT could end up in direct confrontations with Soviet aircrafts…
The media ran stories about how the aircraft could be delivered …..
Then it was maybe?
Then it was ok….
The other countries wanted the US to replace the fighters sent to the Ukraine , one for one….
THAT actually wouldn’t be hard….
The US has hundreds of them….
President Biden, who IS the Boss…..
Is NOT having it…
The Poles aren’t happy either, after thinking things over…..
He/They are worried that even if the US isn’t involved in the primary handoff of the fighters to the Ukraine?
The American President IS REALLY trying hard to NOT give the Russian President ANY reason to transfer the Ukraine offense to America ….
The Pentagon on Wednesday slammed the door on a Polish proposal for providing Ukraine with MiG fighter jets, saying allied efforts against the Russian invasion should be focused on more useful weaponry and the MiG transfer with a U.S. and NATO connection would run a “high risk” of escalating the war.
By rebuffing the proposal involving the the Polish jets, the Pentagon appeared anxious to move beyond what had become an awkward disconnect with a NATO ally at a time when President Joe Biden has stressed the need for a unified and coordinated response to Russia’s war.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pleaded repeatedly for the U.S. to provide his military with more aircraft — presented as an apparent alternative to establishing a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine to suppress Russian air power. The “no-fly” idea was rejected earlier by Washington and NATO as an unnecessary risk of escalation….
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that in a phone call, Zelenskyy on Wednesday again asked urgently for the United States to provide warplanes, anti-aircraft missiles and other weaponry.
However, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin discussed the MiG transfer proposal with his Polish counterpart and explained why Washington found it untenable…
Kirby said Ukraine still has a significant number of its own aircraft, and the U.S. believes that adding aircraft from other nations “is not likely to significantly change the effectiveness of the Ukrainian air force relative to Russian capabilities.”
Also, the U.S. intelligence community has assessed that transferring MiG fighters to Ukraine “may be mistaken as escalatory and could result in significant Russian reaction that might increase the prospects of a military escalation with NATO,” Kirby said. Ukraine is not a NATO member, but some of its neighbors are, and the alliance is trying to avoid a spillover of the war….