Russia Warns Countries of 'Consequences' for Allowing Ukraine to Use Their Airfields
Russia’s Defense Ministry issues warning on aiding Ukraine
Russia’s Defense Ministry has warned countries offering their use of airfields to Ukraine’s military that it would be considered as having entered the conflict.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the Interfax news agency.
“The use of the airfield networks of these countries to base Ukrainian military aircraft and their subsequent use against the Russian armed forces may be regarded as the involvement of these states in an armed conflict.”
Konashenkov said Russian officials are aware of “Ukrainian combat planes which earlier flew to Romania and other neighboring countries,” without elaborating.
The United States, its NATO allies, and other European nations have flooded Ukraine with anti-tank missile missiles, ammunition, weapons, and other supplies to counter Russia’s invasion.
According to various reports, European and NATO countries are also working to send fighter jets to Ukraine.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this month:
The Biden administration announced it would provide an additional $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine as it suffers from invading Russian military forces.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement:
“Today, as Ukraine fights with courage and pride against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked assault, I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation by the President, an unprecedented third Presidential Drawdown of up to $350 million for immediate support to Ukraine’s defense.”
“This brings the total security assistance the United States has committed to Ukraine over the past year to more than $1 billion,” he said.
Meanwhile, an anonymous White House official said the United States is working with Polish officials to send the jets to Ukraine’s military, according to the Financial Times.
The Polish prime minister’s office tweeted, calling the statement’ fake news.’
“FAKE NEWS! Unfortunately you are spreading misinformation with quotation from 27/02/22. Poland won’t send its fighter jets to #Ukraine as well as allow to use its airports. We significantly help in many other areas,” the Polish prime minister’s office wrote on Sunday morning in a Twitter post to the pro-Kyiv news outlet NEXTA, which repeated the claim that Poland and the United States are trying to get fighter planes to Kyiv.
‼️FAKE NEWS‼️— Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland (@PremierRP_en) March 6, 2022
Unfortunately you are spreading misinformation with quotation from 27/02/22.
Poland won't send its fighter jets to #Ukraine as well as allow to use its airports. We significantly help in many other areas.https://t.co/wjNOgh97JT
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the United States and NATO to provide jets or enforce a no-fly zone.
But Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary-General, said that a no-fly zone is not being considered over Ukraine because it would entail having U.S. or NATO planes shooting down Russian military aircraft.
Stoltenberg also warned the move would lead to a sharp escalation in the conflict with Russia.
But some members of Congress, including outgoing Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), called for a no-fly zone to be enforced over the Eastern European nation.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told ABC News that a no-fly zone over Ukraine would lead to another world war.
“A no-fly zone has become a catchphrase,” Rubio said.
“I’m not sure a lot of people fully understand what that means,” Rubio told ABC News.
“That means flying AWACS 24 hours a day, that means the willingness to shoot down and engage Russian airplanes in the sky.”
“That means, frankly, you can’t put those planes up there unless they’re willing to knock out the anti-aircraft systems that the Russians have deployed in, and not just in Ukraine, but Russia and also in Belarus,” Rubio said.