"EUROPEAN PRAVDA" - SUNDAY, 3 JULY 2022, 15:43
Slovakia can send its MiG-29 fighters and Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine.
The prime minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, mentioned this, as reported by "European Pravda", quoting CT24.
"But I don't want to talk about it in detail, because Ukraine asked us not to go into detail," Heger said. The Slovak prime minister spoke on Czech television together with Petr Fiala, the prime minister of the Czech Republic.
The leaders of the two countries announced that from September, the Czech Republic will help Slovakia protect its airspace.
In June, Slovakia asked the Czech Republic for help in protecting its airspace until it receives the F-16 fighter jets it ordered. Those planes are supposed to replace the MiG-29s still in service, but delivery of them has been delayed.
Heger said his country would need help from Czech fighter jets for about a year.
Both Heger and Fiala noted that what surprised everyone was how effectively and for how long Ukraine was able to defend itself against the invasion by Russia, whose army should have been "much stronger". "We have all the prerequisites to believe that Ukraine will win this war," said the prime minister of Slovakia.
However, Fiala admitted that no one knows how long it will take for Ukraine to gain full control of its territory, and noted that without the help of the West, it will not be able to defend itself against the Russians.
"They must have weapons so they will be able to fight for their independence, our security and our freedom. They are fighting for us," he added.
Fiala also stated that, if necessary, the Czech Republic is ready to take part in the training of Ukrainian servicemen.
Reminder: at the beginning of June, it was announced that a Ukrainian An-26 plane went from Uzhhorod to Moldova and reportedly collected parts for MiG-29 fighters. Moldova said that the plane performed a technical flight and did not take any military equipment on board.
Read more about this in the article Moldovan sanctions: what is helpful and what Chisinau does not want to do at a time of aggression by the Russian Federation.