US could send planes to Poland if Warsaw sends jets to Ukraine says Reuters
The US secretary of state has said that the United States is considering sending planes to Poland if Warsaw decides to supply combat aircraft to Ukraine, Reuters reported on Sunday.
Antony Blinken made the statement during his visit to Moldova on Sunday.
Blinken was quoted as saying at a press conference in Chisinau that the US was examining the possibility of replacing aircraft that Poland may provide to Ukraine.
The US secretary of state added that he could not speak about concrete dates but could just say that the entire matter was being looked at very, very actively.
Blinken visited Poland on Saturday for talks with top Polish officials regarding further US security assistance in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
"Let me repeat that, for now, no decisions regarding the sending of planes to Ukraine by Poland have been taken," Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller told reporters later on Sunday.
"There is an ongoing debate regarding the scope of NATO operations, but this is a discussion, which has still been going on. No decisions concerning this topic have been made," Mueller said.
He also denied the information regarding Polish airports, according to which there were planes taking off from Poland for combat missions in Ukraine.
"Let me underline that this information is untrue," he said, repeating that he wanted to clearly deny it.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Poland, Andrii Deshchytsia, present at the press conference, appealed to all Nato members to close airspace over Ukraine, as this would help his country stop further military operations.