Slovak Defense Ministry: Bratislava has not yet decided on the transfer of the MiG-29 to Ukraine The authorities previously allowed this possibility, provided that they receive modern American F-16s in return type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The data that Slovakia has already transferred MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine and they are in the country do not correspond to reality, said Yaroslav Nagy, head of the Slovak Defense Ministry. This is reported by the publication Pravda.
The minister indicated that the planes are now at the Sliac airport in central Slovakia. “They will guard our airspace until the end of August, you will see them on August 27 at SIAF (Slovak International Aviation Festival.— RBC),— he declared.
According to Nagy, Bratislava is now negotiating with the allies about what to do with the machines next: “The decision has not yet been made.”
Reports that Slovakia has already provided fighter jets to Ukraine began to appear in some media and social networks, the newspaper notes. In particular, the RTV channel reported that Slovakia would decommission the MiG-29 at the end of August.
The day before, Nagy said that Bratislava is ready to transfer its MiG-29s to Kyiv, provided that it receives more modern aircraft in return or if other countries buy them for Ukraine. According to the local publication Cas, Slovakia has 11 Soviet-made MiG-29s that are considered obsolete, and their transfer to Ukraine would be a suitable solution for the country, especially since Kyiv has such fighters in service.
The Slovak authorities have previously allowed sending the MiG-29 to Ukraine if they receive American F-16 fighters in return. The country in 2018 signed an agreement to buy 14 aircraft from the United States worth about $1.6 billion to replace the MiG-29. The cars were supposed to arrive in 2023, but in March the American side notified Bratislava that deliveries would be delayed by 12-14 months.
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Despite the fact that after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries increased the supply of weapons to Kyiv, aviation was not included in these packages. North Macedonia became the only state that transferred aircraft to the Ukrainian side: according to the MKD portal, we are talking about four Su-25 attack aircraft purchased from Kyiv in 2001. Other countries allowed this possibility, including the United States.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that the safety of the sky— country priority. Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said that he was “still fighting for the supply of tanks and aircraft from the West.”
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