The Biden administration just made it very clear that it has no intentions of sending fighter planes to Ukraine to help fight off the Russians, Breitbart News reports.
State Department spokesperson did so on Thursday during an appearance on MSNBC’s Live.
There, Price explained why the Biden administration opposes Poland’s plan to send MiG fighter jets to Ukraine. Price seemed to suggest that it wouldn’t help as much as some believe it would.
“When it comes to the planes, though, the challenge is that the threat Ukraine faces is better designed for surface-to-air systems,” Price said. “These are systems that we have provided to Ukraine in the past, and the Department of Defense is looking into options to provide additional such systems so their Ukrainian partners can be more effective in taking on the precise threats that we’re seeing wreak such havoc, wreak such destruction across Ukraine right now.”
Price continued by providing support for this point of view.
He said that the Department of Defense “has concluded that what Ukraine needs to take on the Russian assets that are causing such destruction, the missiles, the rockets, the artillery are not planes, but these…surface-to-air systems, and these are systems that we have provided Ukraine and we are looking at options to provide even more.”
Price also reiterated the point that the Biden administration is worried that sending the MiGs to Ukraine could escalate the situation from a war between Russian and Ukraine to a war involving several additional countries.
On Tuesday, the government of Poland announced a plan to send 28 of its fighter jets to a U.S. Air Force base in Germany from which they would be sent to Ukraine.
Poland, here, is looking to prevent Russia from invading other parts of Eastern Europe. And, the idea was that by sending the fighter jets to the U.S. base in Germany it would be able to help the Ukrainians fend off the Russians without directly involving themselves in the conflict.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), however, has rejected Poland’s plan as “high risk.” “The intelligence community has assessed that the transfer of MiG-29s to Ukraine may be mistaken as escalatory and could result in significant Russian reaction that might increase the prospects of a military escalation with NATO,” the DOD said.
The DOD added that it doesn’t believe the jets would help all that much.
There is currently a growing list of congress members who are calling upon the Biden administration to agree to Poland’s plan. But, based on what Price had to say, it isn’t going to happen.