Russia has, in the last hour, threatened to destroy fighter jets gifted to Ukraine by Poland and Slovakia.
According to the BBC, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the following in condemnation of the plans by the NATO states:
“[This will not affect the outcome of Moscow’s] special military operation”.
“[This will] bring additional woes for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people”.
“Of course, during the special military operation, all this equipment will be subject to destruction”.
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In addition, Poland makes a great first country as well because both Ukraine and Poland have flown the MIG 29 for decades now, meaning Pilots will be ready to fly them with no additional training.
This idea of additional training is mostly the reason why other NATO countries haven’t immediately jumped at the idea of giving Ukraine aircraft, simply because there are significant differences between Western-built fighters and Soviet-built fighters.
However, what does spark some interest is Slovakia’s interest in sending jets to the country in the coming weeks.
This is because the country flies the F16 as their primary and only fighter, having retired its older soviet jets in recent years.
Despite this, if the transfer of Slovakian F16s does prove a success, it may become the turning point for other NATO countries, such as the US and UK, to begin sending a handful of their own western-built fighters to support the effort against Russia.
This is a developing story.