Wednesday, March 9, 2022

US sending 2 Patriot missile batteries to Poland: Statement

The US military said Tuesday that it is “repositioning” two Patriot missile defense batteries to Poland "to confront any potential threats" to allies and NATO territory amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

"At the direction of the Secretary of Defense and at the invitation of our Polish allies, General Wolters, Commander of US European Command, has directed US Army Europe and Africa to reposition two Patriot Batteries to Poland," United States European Command (EUCOM) spokesman Capt. Adam Miller said in a statement.

"This defensive deployment is being conducted proactively to counter any potential threat to US and Allied forces and NATO territory," said the statement, adding the missiles "will in no way support any offensive operations.”

"Every step we take is intended to deter aggression and reassure our allies," it said.

The move came hours after the Pentagon turned down a proposal from Poland to transfer all of its MiG-29 fighter jets to a US airbase in Germany for backing Ukraine.

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  1. The Pentagon is appearing to dismiss Poland’s offer to give its MiG-29 fighter jets to the US so they can be passed to Ukraine.

    Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement that the prospect of jets departing from a US/NATO base in Germany “to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.”

    “We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” he added.

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    1. Das US-Verteidigungsministerium hat einen Vorschlag Polens zur Überlassung von MiG-29-Kampfjets an die Ukraine mit einem Zwischenstopp auf einem Stützpunkt in Deutschland als „nicht haltbar“ bezeichnet. Der Vorschlag bringe „schwierige logistische Herausforderungen“ mit sich, zudem gebe es angesichts der geopolitischen Dimension „ernsthafte Bedenken“, erklärte der Sprecher des Pentagons, John Kirby, am Dienstagabend. Eine Top-Diplomatin des Außenministeriums, Victoria Nuland, bezeichnete das zuvor offenbar nicht mit der Regierung in Washington abgestimmte Angebot Polens in einer Anhörung im Senat als „überraschenden Schritt“.

      Das polnische Außenministerium hatte am Dienstagabend erklärt, die Regierung sei bereit, alle Kampfflugzeuge vom Typ MiG-29 unverzüglich und kostenlos auf den US-Luftwaffenstützpunkt Ramstein in Rheinland-Pfalz zu verlegen und die Maschinen den USA zur Verfügung zu stellen. Gleichzeitig ersuche man die USA, dem Land gebrauchte Flugzeuge mit entsprechender Einsatzfähigkeit zu überlassen, hieß es.

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