Slovakia to Hand over 13 MiG-29 Fighters to Ukraine

Friday, 17 March 2023

At an extraordinary online meeting, the Slovak government decided to transfer 13 MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine.

 Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of Slovakia, said at the briefing that the government had unanimously approved an agreement to donate MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine and would provide the aircraft jointly with Poland.

"Today, the government unanimously approved an international agreement on the basis of which a decision was made to provide Ukraine with MiGs and a part of the Kub air defence system," Aktuality quoted Heger as saying.

He stressed that the fighter jets would serve to protect Ukrainians and not be used for offence.

Slovakia is to receive €900 million in compensation from its allies for the fighter jets.

The fighter jets are still in Slovakia, and Defence Minister Nad did not say at the briefing when they would be handed over to Ukraine.

Slovakia announced its decision the day after Polish President Andrzej Duda announced the transfer of four MiG-29s to Ukraine in the coming days.

Thus, two NATO countries have publicly promised to provide Ukraine with combat aircraft.

After Poland's decision, the United States said it still had no plans to send American F-16s to Ukraine.

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