Poles and Czechs pledge to protect Slovak airspace as MiGs withdraw

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MALACKY, Slovakia (AP) — Poland and the Czech Republic signed an agreement on Saturday to protect Slovak airspace as Slovakia gives up its crazy old Soviet MiG-29 planes.

The protection is to last until Slovakia receives new F-16s from the United States, which is expected to happen in 2024.

The agreement was signed at a Slovak airbase by Defense Ministers Mariusz Blaszczak of Poland, Jana Cernochova of Czechia and Jaroslav Nad of Slovakia.

Slovakia has a fleet of 11 MiG-29 jets, and last month Nad said Slovakia could consider donating them to Ukraine under certain conditions.

Since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, Ukraine has urged Western allies to provide it with warplanes to challenge Russia’s air superiority.

The Associated Press

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