MiGs to Ukraine in broader coalition says defence minister

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Poland wants to give MiG combat aircraft to Ukraine as part of a coalition of countries, the Polish defence minister said on Thursday in a radio interview.

Asked if Poland planned to team up with Slovakia to donate the planes, Mariusz Blaszczak said he had discussed the matter with the Slovak defence minister. He added that Poland had already managed to organise successful coalitions to send Leopard tanks and Patriot missile batteries to Ukraine.

"We want to send MiGs to Ukraine as part of a broader coalition of states," Blaszczak.

Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's prime minister, said on Tuesday the aircraft could reach Ukraine in four to six weeks. On Wednesday, a government spokesperson said any decisions on the supply of aircraft belong to the group of countries who have already declared their willingness to take part in the project.

Poland's readiness to provide MiGs to Ukraine was declared by Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, in a recent interview for the CNN news broadcaster.