The President of Ukraine also called for the supply of other air defense systems and military aircraft.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the U.S. Congress to ensure the introduction of a no-fly zone over Ukraine or to supply it with S-300 and other air defense systems, as well as military aircraft as an alternative option.
“Are we asking too much? Creation of a no-fly zone. Is this too much for us?” Zelenskiy said, addressing members of both chambers of the U.S. Congress via video link on Wednesday. “If it’s too much and we don’t have the right to ask for it, here’s an alternative for you: you know what defensive systems we need – the S-300 and others,” he said.
“You know how much depends on the battlefield on the ability to use airplanes, powerful aviation must protect our people, our freedom, our land,” Zelenskiy said. “Planes that will help Ukraine and Europe, and you know that they are there, and you have them, but they are on the ground, not in the Ukrainian sky,” he said.
Against the background of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Zelenskiy repeatedly asked NATO to introduce a no-fly zone over his country. In response, the heads of a number of NATO member states, including U.S. President Joe Biden, opposed such a move. The U.S. administration believes that this could lead to an expansion of the conflict. In turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Russia will consider any attempts by other countries to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine as participation in military operations; they are fraught with disastrous consequences for the whole world. As The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, Biden also decided to ban the transfer of Polish MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine in order not to provoke an escalation of the conflict.