Biden Rejects Poland’s MiG-29 Fighter Jet Transfer To Ukraine Air Force

By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration rejected a Polish offer to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to the depleted Ukrainian air force.

According to the Pentagon, the Polish offer involved the transfer of Russian made MiG-29 aircraft to Ramstein Air Base in Germany where the aircraft would be turned over to the US Air Force for transfer to Ukrainian forces.  However, a Pentagon spokesman said “. . . the prospect of flying combat aircraft from NATO territory into the war zone raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.”

NATO has explicitly stated that it does not want direct conflict with Russian combatants, which could trigger a nuclear war, testing and if not busting the Cold War doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.  Historically, the major nuclear armed powers have pledged to use their weapons as a deterrence rather than as an offensive First Strike weapon.

Poland, historically bullied by Russian aggression, has pledged to support neighboring Ukraine with defensive weapons.  However, with the possibility of Russian forces being on the Polish border if Ukraine falls, Poland said it would no act as a direct party in the transfer of offensive weapons, such as the MiG-29, to Ukraine.  Polish officials may be taking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that any nation supporting Ukrainian forces via air bases outside the war zone would be considered active belligerents in the “special” military operation undertaken by Russia.

The Pentagon has announced that two Patriot missile batteries have been moved to Poland to counter any possible Russian (nee Soviet) aggression to Polish/NATO airspace.  The MIM-104 Patriot missile is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system used by the United States Army and allied nations.