Government of Slovakia Takes up the Issue of Sending MiG-29 to Ukraine

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

On March 15, the Slovakian government began discussing the transfer of their old MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.

As the Slovak news outlet Pravda reports, several ministers confirmed to the media before the meeting that they plan to consider fighter jets.

"We will definitely discuss it," Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad' said, adding that he would comment in more detail after the meeting.

Earlier, the minister said that Slovakia was considering sending 10 of their 11 MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine (Ukr), which was decommissioned last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Veronika Remišová noted that Slovakia actually no longer needs these planes. "It would be best for Slovakia to give them to Ukraine," she said.

Remišová added that in this matter, the main thing is to do everything by the law, and it is important to listen to the Ministry of Justice.

Economy Minister Karel Hirman noted that the fighter jets if sent, "will not only help Ukraine defend its territory, its civilians, but also contribute to the defence of Slovakia."

The Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces, General Daniel Zmeko, was also present at the meeting.

Previously, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that Poland might hand over Soviet-era fighter jets to Ukraine in the coming weeks.

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