March 3, 2022
Transfer of NAT jets blocked
1) Jacek Siminski, “In The End Ukraine Will Not Receive Any NATO Fighter,” The Aviationist, March 3, 2022;
2) Paul McLeary, “European plan to donate fighter jets to Ukraine collapses
The dissolution of the deal comes as European countries lined up Monday to announce new weapons packages for Ukraine, from anti-armor and anti-air rockets to artillery and medical supplies,” POLITICO, February 28, 2022 (06:16 PM EST,
Updated 03/01/2022 at 02:57 PM EST).
1) Philipp Fritz und Christoph B. Schiltz, “KAMPFJETS FÜR DIE UKRAINE?: Europas Balanceakt am Rande der Eskalation,” Die Welt, den 1. Mārz 2022.
This article relates how NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg flew to an air base in southern Poland on Tuesday to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda to clarify NATO’s position regarding sending fighter jets into Ukraine. Some ambiguity remained as to whether Ukrainian pilots might fly the from Poland into Ukraine airspace.
Regarding the recently-signed Ukraine-Poland-U.K. tripartite security pact and this risks it could pose for NATO under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, see the following articles:
2) Sebastian Sprenger, “Ukraine, UK, Poland announce security pact amid heightened tensions,” Yahoo News (from Defense News), February 17, 2022 (1:20 p.m.);
3) “Ukraine Crisis, February 20, 2022: Deterrence has failed. Only China may be able to stop Putin’s invasion of Ukraine; now is no time to make concessions to an aggressor, in the Minsk negotiations or anywhere else,” The Trenchant Observer, February 20, 2022. The Trenchant Observer notes:
A second significant development in recent days is the signing of a tripartite security pact between Ukraine, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Should this lead to Polish military intervention to help defend Ukraine from a Russian invasion, any Russian attack against Poland could trigger the mutual defense obligation contained in Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.
While courageous Ukrainian soldiers are fighting and duying as they defend their country from an invading Russian army, which is bombing innocent civilians, NATO can’t figure out hiw to get 28 older Polish NATO jets, promised to Ukraine, into Ukraine.
This is absolutely unbelievable!
It reeks of the timidity and incompetence of the Biden foreign policy team, who are surely telling Stoltenberg what he can and cannot do or say.
The Observer’s advice:
First, throw all the lawyers and “dotting the ‘i’ and crossing the ‘t’ bureaucrats” out of the room.
Second, bring in the warriors, the people who have experienced an enemy tank bearing down on themselves or their men, men who have faced incoming artillery and seen the damage it can inflict on civilian populations. Men who understand the tempo of war.
Men who can act decisively in “war time” and not get hung up on details in “bureaucratic time”.
Third, tell the Biden foreign policy officials who want to control everything with a 5,000 mile long screwdriver to bug off, or, more politely, to leave it to the military men to get the jets into Ukraine, without Polish pilots flying them in.
Do the Biden and NATO officials really think Putin is going to attack a NATO country because planes being flown by Ukrainian pilots were in radio contact with a Polish airbase as they departed Poland?
Do they really think such evidence of their timidity is going to prevent Putin from resorting to the barbarism of Grozny and Aleppo?
It is time to get moving, on “war time”. Those planes should be in Ukraine within a day. Their speedy delivery could save many and perhaps thousands of lives.
The Trenchant Observer