US rejects claims it will send fighter jets to Poland as UK ups weapons shipments

The Pentagon has rejected Poland’s claims it would send A fleet of fighter jetsUkraine

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby shot down Poland’s claims it planned to send 28 jets to an American airbase in Germany — where they would henceforth be sent to Ukraine.

“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,” Kirby announced yesterday evening.

Grant Shapps, UK transport secretary, brushed aside questions about the incident this morning and told Sky News that it was between the US and Poland. 

“The US has blinked… the unity across Nato has now broken and that’s worrying,” defence select committee chair Tobias Ellwood, told Times Radio earlier today, adding: “We draw the line as soon as we find an initiative that can actually make a substantial difference. 

“Poland is actually exhibiting huge courage here in proposing this. And I’m really sorry Nato is not as one, is not unified and resolute on this. Because only by acting together can we actually stand up to Russia,” he went on.

Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, told MPs today that the UK had shipped 3,615 anti-tank arms to Ukraine. He also said that a “small consignment” of Javelin anti-tank missiles would soon arrive to aid the country in its “darkest hour”.