US Approves $3.9 Billion Patriot Missile System For Romania; Putin: "We Will Be Forced To Respond"

Tyler Durden's picture

On Tuesday the State Department approved the sale of $3.9 billion in patriot missile systems to NATO-member Romania after prior Russia warnings that such actions could be met with severe reprisals.

Photo source: Darkone/Wikimedia Commons.

The announcement, issued through the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, is sure to be a huge shot across the bow following on the heels of Russian President Vladimir Putin's earlier unambiguous words (issued in May) regarding further NATO build-up in the large Balkan country:

If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security. We won't take any action until we see rockets in areas that neighbor us. We've been repeating like a mantra that we will be forced to respond... Nobody wants to hear us. Nobody wants to conduct negotiations with us.

Romania's US-built $800 million ballistic missile defense shield came online for the first time in May, just prior to Trump's meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis early the following month, where the two discussed defense spending and other economic concerns. Romania has been a NATO member only since 2004, but has steadily attracted the attention of Western defense companies – it has increased its defense budget to equal 2% of its GDP this year (approximately 4 billion US dollars) – one of only 5 NATO members to hit that target.

The Pentagon agency's press release cast Romania as the potential victim of aggression in the region:

Romania will use the Patriot missile system to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. The proposed sale will increase the defensive capabilities of the Romanian military to guard against aggression and shield the NATO allies who often train and operate within Romania’s borders.

NATO build up encroaching Russian defenses. Photo source: The Risk Advisory Group.

The proposal now moves forward for Congressional as well as Romanian parliamentary approval, and will be delivered by Raytheon Corporation and Lockheed-Martin. Other US defense contractors are increasingly in talks with Romania to modernize its army, including General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, and The Boeing Company. News of the Patriot missile deal was released the same day a massive Patriot missile deployment drill kicked off in Lithuania involving troops from the US, UK, Latvia, and Poland.

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Juggernaut x2's picture

Uncle Sam selling these dumb slavs some shitty, worthless missile defense technology. I guess it's better than giving it to them for free like we do with Israel.

NidStyles's picture

The Jews probably loaned them the money to buy it too.

Goldmiddllefinger's picture

What makes you think they're paying cash?

CheapBastard's picture

Usually, these are paid via of some sort of "aide package" from USA taxpayers and if they are in a loan form, they are never paid back.

BuckWild's picture

No one has paid for anything with money in a very long time. Were all just paying, with the loss our sovereignty!

veritas semper vinces's picture

Romanians are not slavs.They are latins.(related to Italians,Spanish,French,Portuguese, They are ,on the other hand,SLAVES to the AAZ empire.

DontFollowMyAdviceImaDummy's picture

PuttiePut wants to respond to an out-of-date version of a Missle Command video game being deployed?  Respond with what, a Colecovision russian knockoff version?

Yars Revenge's picture

Estonia and Latvia should be kicked out of NATO.

All risk, no reward.

Same as if Russia had military bases in Mexico.


Juggernaut x2's picture

Prussia should be restored to its former borders

donhuangenaro's picture

lol, waste of money, this system cannot stop advanced russian missiles...

Aaron Hillel's picture

Yes, but it can stop cold Ukrainian planes if they ever get frisky about Moldova Reunification question.

Déjà view's picture

Correct...many Bessarabians prefer to rejoin motherland Romania...

Glyndwr will return's picture

USA wants war before the money runs out.

The money has run out.

Ask Yellen.

NidStyles's picture

The Jews want war, because too many goyim are noticing. Has nothing to do with them running out of "money" because they just create more out of thin air anyway.

This is all about preventing another Nationalist breakout that would hinder Zionist plans. It has nothing to do with "money"

Glyndwr will return's picture

For the average US citizen the money will run out.

Already is with pensions.

Yes they can print and a bottle of milk will be $10 and leg of lamb $50. The issue will be lack of support for war.

Add to that there are military components the US needs from abroad -  rare metals. Add to that falling demand abroad for US hardware as they too will prefer to feed their population. Rumania to be the exception not the rule. Czech Republic or Bulgaria have low debt to GDP (c.40%) and low taxes too.

Do you really think they are going to double that to (say) 80% to defend against a supposed Russian threat?

Why would Russia want more land when it has the lowest population density on the planet and lost a whole generation in WW2 while the US was making waffles and lending money into the warzone?

cheech_wizard's picture

>Add to that there are military components the US needs from abroad

Add to that 15 to 30 year old electronic components in every aging U.S. weapons system...

Yeah, the US is really fucked.


Jubal Early's picture

"Nationalist breakout"

lol.  good way of putting it from (((their standpoint))).  Like a bimbo eruption.  Or some rogue bull goyim leading some of the cows away through a break in the financial and mind control corral.

Krungle's picture

I'm not sure what all the fuss about Trump is for since he clearly is not in control of his own government. The same policies continue regardless...

FrozenGoodz's picture

He parted these tasks off to less important, more vulnerable, folks ... too many big words 

Tweeting though ... the bestest

The Ram's picture

I definitely agree. We can see that the transition from Obama to Trump is 'more of the same.'  Maybe a slight difference in style, but certainly not of substance.  I will not be voting in another election, Presidential or otherwise.  Just a waste of time and makes me feel foolish to be duped like the other sheep when I should know better.  I would say Russia should just destroy whatever missle batteries are put in Romania.  Destroy them as soon as they are installed.  Time to take action or Russia will be humiliated time after time.  

Snaffew's picture

I is not a democratic is an Ultimatum---Dems or Republicans---Dismantle and burn both parties to the ground!

TemporarySecurity's picture

This is how we won the first cold war.  If Putin wants to spend his country back into bankruptcy by trying to defeat or overwhelm a defense system in a country he has no busines being involved in.

It does appear Putin would like the old USSR restored.  Kudo's for Trump having more gonads than Obama.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


"...a country he has no busines being involved in."

Trump, right?

secretargentman's picture

In the "First Cold War", the enemy was Communism, for reasons well understood by anyone with half a brain. Who is the enemy now, and why?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


It is still the state vs. the individual.

Pol Pot's picture

Do you have a bag over your head so that we can not see the multiple c$&ks you are sucking.....or is Hillary stopping buy for a face plant and even to her you are fugly....

Snaffew's picture

did you ever hear of the Cuban Missile Crisis? the shoe is on the other foot and the US continues to arm countries immediately bordering Russia....imagine Russia setting up missile bases in Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Bermuda....that is how it feels to Putin and the Russians.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Your stupidity and ignorance have  bankrupted you.

wisehiney's picture

And the dimocrats say we fuck with the brown people.

steve2241's picture

Putin needs to get over the fact that the United States is an arms merchant.  It's nothing personal.

apike3137's picture

YAY! war with Russia...too...glad to see the Peacemaker is in office now..



Old Guy Trader's picture

Seriously one day all of these morons is going to whip out like 90% of the planet.

Schmuck Raker's picture

I really dig your optimism Bro.

/no sarc

bunkers's picture

Including themselves and everyone they care about.

shizzledizzle's picture

So they will be forced to act if Romania deploys a DEFENSIVE missile system?! This is the rough equivalent of kicking someone in the nuts for putting on an athlettic supporter. 

keep the bastards honest's picture

Everyone knows the defense missile system can be re-jigged in a minute to offence.. Putin even carefully explained this to journalists  a year or two ago. That events were very very serious and dangerous.

Did you  notice that china and others are not keen about the  missile 'defence' the US put in SKorea and SK is not either. For the same reason. Getting china surrounded. Russia and China are doing their best to prevent WW111.

Winston Churchill's picture

Dual use launchers.

You sure they hold patriots or maybe cruise missiles ?

Putin isn't sure, or do you want him to take Uncle Scams word.

Trump was barely a hiccup in the deep states plans for WWIII.

trailer park boys's picture

Surrounding Russia with missile defense systems upends the balance - MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction - and would tempt the US to initiate a first strike nuclear attack against Russia, if the US feels they could stop or blunt retaliation. 

TabakLover's picture

Fucking Neo-cons and their fucking MIC.  Fuck'em.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

people in the american-israel-saudi government are trying to start a nuke war.


nobody gives a fuck...not a single fucking fuck...the poison in the food and water has made people numb...not enough good men left....all wiped out, all destroyed....the woman becomes a whore the man becomes a criminal...core family destroyed...all according to the plan....slow process but now you are starting to see the effects....


nothing left to say....

micksavage2010's picture

temporary security: what a moron. "this is how "we" won the first cold war? not much for history are you tadpole. let's compare russian finances with amerikka. who has $20 trillion debt and only functions financially with printing fake reserve notes? and who has no business in countries? i don't see russia with over 1000 military bases and outpost across the world. "it does appear putin would like the old USSR restored". maybe u can crawl back under your bed and change your wet diaper. and STFU, troll.

HominyTwin's picture

Eastern Europe is being depopulated like no other region in all of history. They should be concentrating on improving their economic situation, not wasting money on stupid, overpriced defense systems. Just like in WWII, Eastern European countries are alwasy choosing sides, when the smart play is to be neutral. But they aren't smart. Never have been.

small axe's picture

Thank god radiation sickness is covered under Obamacare.

There will be a celebratory conga line dance in the Deep State ballroom tonight at 9pm. Wear your MIC costume.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Sixty years of repeating the same bungles

over and over again. America is a nation

that has no plans or programs for peace.

Locked in a cycle of imperial self-destruction:

1. creating enemies

2. preparing for war

3. threatening war

4. issuing sanctions

5. random aerial bombings

6. failing at war

7. absorbing refugee streams

8. repeat


WTFUD's picture

Romania can barely feed itself, yet thousands of hectares of it's fertile land is used to grow shit for bio-fuels. The average monthly salary, if you can find a job, (you'll find 10's of thousands of Degree holders, even MA's, working in restaurants, hotels, and now predominantly, STRIP CLUBS ) is 250 Euros and so you've no choice but to live with mum ( i'd say, & dad, if the dads hung around ) and the grandparents, all in a hovel.

Bucharest is as near a basket-case as Kiev.

. . . and yet the corrupt Government wants to blow/waste money to protect itself from whom?

EU Membership's been a disaster with any worthwhile industry in the country being swallowed up by the Troika ( especially Germany ).

IronForge's picture


No wonder!

That's why we're selling them the Missiles and stationing Advisors and Troops there...

More Bang for the Buck?  Guess their Cashiers will be ladened with Singles and Fivers...

WTFUD's picture

Tragic really that Membership of the EU has put tens if not hundreds of thousands of teenagers & students on The Game, not to mention the Drug Addiction and yet you see these demented snowflakes waving a Euro-Flag.

In Portugal for example, where a chaperone was required to go out on a date, only 10-15 years ago there's now group drug & dildo fuck-fests. LoL