Pentagon verschiebt keine F-16 von Taiwan nach Polen

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Der politisch-diplomatische Wirbel um den Ukrainekrieg wird jeden Tag wirrer. Präsident Selensky setzt die NATO pausenlos unter Druck. Neu verbreitete die New York Times die Ente, wonach das Pentagon erwäge, den Polen die MiG-29 für Selensky durch F-16 aus Taiwan zu ersetzen. Das Dementi folgte auf dem Fuss:

Pentagon denies rumor it could send Taiwan’s F-16s to Poland

The U.S. Department of Defense said it has no plans to send F-16 fighter jets scheduled for delivery to Taiwan to Poland instead, calling speculation raised by a recent American media report “not accurate.”

The comments by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby followed a report in the New York Times on Sunday, which said the Biden administration was exploring ways to supply Polish Soviet-made fighter jets to Ukraine to aid in its war against Russia, as Ukrainian pilots are more familiar with Russian-made jets.

One option was to send U.S.-made F-16s to Poland as replacements, the report said, though “Polish officials seemed less than enthusiastic.”

With the next tranche of U.S. F-16s for export set to go to Taiwan, those fighter jets were an option, the report said, though noting that American officials were reluctant to delay the Taiwan F-16 program.

When asked during a CNN interview on Monday whether F-16 jets meant for Taiwan could be provided to Poland, Kirby replied, “That rumor is not accurate.”

The U.S. government in 2019 approved the sale of 66 F-16Vs to Taiwan in an US$8 billion deal, with delivery expected to start in 2023 and extend through 2026.

The 66 F-16Vs will be deployed at Taitung Air Base in eastern Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Taiwan is also currently upgrading its 100-plus F-16A/B fighter jets to the more advanced F-16V format.

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Es folgen John Kirbys grundlegende Bedenken zu Selenskys Forderung nach polnischen MiG-29:

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby on Security Assistance to Ukraine

“We are now in contact with the Polish government following the statement issued today. As we have said, the decision about whether to transfer Polish-owned planes to Ukraine is ultimately one for the Polish government. We will continue consulting with our Allies and partners about our ongoing security assistance to Ukraine, because, in fact, Poland’s proposal shows just some of the complexities this issue presents. The prospect of fighter jets “at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America” departing from a U.S./NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance. It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it. 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.”