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In apparent push to funnel planes to Ukraine, Poland says it is prepared to place MIG-29s at America's 'disposal,' but the US says the plan is not 'tenable'

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Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday that the country is prepared to dispatch its fleet of MIG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, placing the aircraft at the American government's "disposal."

The proposal appears to be aimed at funneling the aircraft to Ukraine as that country seeks to repel Russian invaders — but the U.S. has indicated that it is not on board.

"The authorities of the Republic of Poland, after consultations between the President and the Government, are ready to deploy – immediately and free of charge – all their MIG-29 jets to the Ramstein Air Base and place them at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America," the statement of Poland's minister of foreign affairs declared.

"At the same time, Poland requests the United States to provide us with used aircraft with corresponding operational capabilities. Poland is ready to immediately establish the conditions of purchase of the planes. The Polish Government also requests other NATO Allies – owners of MIG-29 jets – to act in the same vein," the statement added.

U.S. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby poured cold water on Poland's plan, saying that it is not "tenable."

"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," Kirby said in a statement. "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."

According to Reuters, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday that "any decisions on delivering offensive weapons have to be taken by the entire NATO and on a unanimous basis."

"This is why we are ready to give all of our fleet of jet fighters to Ramstein, but we are not ready to make any moves on our own because, as I said, we are not party to this war," Morawiecki said, according to the outlet.

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