Russia has accused Slovakia of sending Soviet MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine

Slovak flag/ Photo: Aleksey Butenkov / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

The Russian Federation has accused Slovakia of violating the agreement by sending Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.

Under the agreement signed in 1997, Slovakia was not allowed to send aircraft to another country without Russia's consent, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation in Moscow said.

Russian officials said it was a hostile act and that Bratislava violated its international obligations under the treaty, which were posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website.

The Slovak leadership, which is also facing criticism from the opposition for sending the planes, has not yet publicly reacted to Moscow's accusations, which were previously presented by the Russian embassy in the country.

"Slovakia has sent four aircraft to Ukraine and will send an additional nine over the next few weeks," the Ministry of Defense told the German news agency DPA.

Three out of a total of 13 aircraft are out of service and will be used for spare parts.

Most of the MiGs were sent from the Soviet Union to Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s. After the collapse of the state, the Czech Republic and Slovakia divided the aircraft between them, with Slovakia receiving additional examples from Russia in the 1990s.

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