US okay with Poland transferring fighter jets to Ukraine – White House

8 March 2022, 01:08 PM

The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said at a briefing that the United States does not object to Poland transferring its fighter jets to Ukraine, although the final decision rests with Warsaw.

“We’re working with Poland on this issue and consulting with the rest of our NATO Allies on it. This is Poland’s sovereign decision to make. We have in no way opposed Poland transferring planes to Ukraine,” she said.

According to Psaki, there are some “challenging practical questions” in this matter, in particular, how these aircraft will be transferred to Ukraine, where they will depart from and where they will land.

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She added that the process of handing over the planes would take a long time.

This comes after, on March 6, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that NATO countries had received permission to send fighter jets to Ukraine amid a full-scale Russian invasion. He also noted that Washington was in talks with Warsaw about what NATO could do to meet their needs if they decide to provide fighter jets to the Ukrainians.

However, the Polish government later said they did not intend to transfer their fighter jets to Ukraine.

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