Slovakia needs replacement for MiGs it’s willing to transfer to Ukraine

14 December 2022, 10:36 PM
Slovak MiG-29 (Photo:Andrej-airliner via Wikipedia)

Slovak MiG-29 (Photo:Andrej-airliner via Wikipedia)

Slovakia is open to transferring its fleet of MiG-29 jets to Ukraine, but it seeks to secure a replacement for them first, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Dec. 14.

He also noted that Slovak government and public opinion are both firmly supporting Ukraine’s cause.

“They want to transfer us the jets – and they will,” said Podolyak.

“These are the planes they use for patrolling (their airspace), and they want to get a replacement for them.”

The official added that Russia’s brazen disregard for international law underscores the need for Western countries to properly secure their own skies.

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“This question will be resolved; we will definitely be getting more weapons, and we will definitely get everything we need from Slovakia,” Podolyak concluded.

On Dec. 12, Slovakia announced it was prepared to transfer its MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine.

At the same time, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat said Soviet-era MiGs wouldn’t be a major factor on the battlefield, suggesting that Kyiv needs modern jets, instead.

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