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US calls Poland offer of jets for Ukraine a ‘surprise’

The United States was caught off guard Tuesday when Poland announced it was prepared to provide Mig-29 fighter jets under a reported scheme that would send the planes to Ukraine, a US official said.

“I was in a meeting where I ought to have heard about that just before I came (to a Senate hearing), so I think that actually was a surprise move by the Poles,” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland told US lawmakers.

Asked by a senator whether US officials coordinated ahead of time with Poland before Warsaw made its announcement, Nuland said: “Not to my knowledge.”


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