Poland’s formal request to Germany for permission to send five Cold War-era MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine has been given the green light, the German Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday.
According to German rules, the weapons that it sells require approval from Berlin if the receiving country wants to send them on to a third country.
“I welcome the fact that we in the federal government have reached this decision together,” Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said after the decision was made in Berlin. “This shows Germany can be relied on!”
Poland had already sent eight of the jets to Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda recently said after first announcing the plan in March, but the ones they want to now deliver come from old East German stocks.
Ukraine has been calling for the delivery of fighter jets to better defend against Russia’s full-scale invasion.