Kremlin threatens NATO countries with ‘armed conflict’ if they help Ukraine with fighter jets – Reuters

Vladimir Putin has warned that any country that helps the Ukrainian Air Force with fighter jets will be drawn into an “armed conflict”.

It comes as the US gave NATO member Poland 28 MIG-29 fighter jets to replace US F-16s.

Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky has requested fighter jets to attack Russian planes to defend their airspace.

President Zelensky told 280 US lawmakers that the Ukrainian Air Force was destroyed on the first day of Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

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Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation show, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “This is getting the green light.

“In fact, we are currently discussing with our Polish friends that we might be able to meet their needs if they in fact chose to supply these fighter jets to the Ukrainians.

“What can we do?

“How can we help make sure they get something to fill the planes they hand over to the Ukrainians? »

The Kremlin then threatened all countries, including NATO, to attack Russian forces from Ukraine.

Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “We know for sure that Ukrainian fighter jets flew to Romania and other neighboring countries.

“The use of the airfield network of these countries to base Ukrainian military aviation with the subsequent use of force against the Russian military can be considered as the involvement of these states in an armed conflict.”

Poland is now considering the dilemma as the Kremlin has threatened to attack if the country sends fighter jets to Ukraine.

A Polish government official said in a statement: “Poland is not in a state of war with Russia, but it is not an impartial country, as it supports Ukraine as a victim of aggression.

“However, he considers that all military matters should be a decision of NATO as a whole.”

The Financial Times reported that the White House was “also working on what capabilities we could provide to bridge Poland should it decide to transfer planes to Ukraine.”