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Slovakia Sends MiG-29 Fighter Jets Supplies to Ukraine ... Kremlin Responds


Fri 17 Mar 2023 | 04:35 PM
Omnia Ahmed

Slovakia will donate 13 MiG-29 warplanes to Ukraine, Prime Minister Eduard Heger announced on Friday, adding that Bratislava would also deliver a Kub air defense system to Ukraine.

"We're giving these MiGs to Ukraine so that it can protect civilians against the many bombs that fall on their houses and which are the reason why people are dying in Ukraine," Heger said.

The Prime Minister stated that Slovakia will receive compensation for the donation from the European Peace Facility.

"There is also a bilateral offer from the US regarding a particular military system to be donated to Slovakia whose value for the Slovak Republic will be approximately $700 million," Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad said, without providing details.

"We are talking about 900 million (euros) altogether," he added.

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov affirmed that the fighter jets given to Ukraine by Poland and Slovakia would be destroyed.

"The supply of this military equipment -- as we have repeatedly said -- will not change the outcome of the special military operation... Of course, all this equipment will be destroyed," Peskov told journalists, using the official term for Moscow's military intervention.