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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Wahooo's picture

What happens when a country enters NATO? Is it a wealth distribution scheme?

veritas semper vinces's picture

Romania's government is so stupid and corrupt that refused(years ago,during president Basescu) the deal that Mr. Putin offered for the pipeline to West to pass through their country(easy ,good income from transit fees). The silver/gold mines are in the hands of Jewmerica,the same for the oil fields ,The gold is gone. All the industry distroyed and the agriculture is being GMOed. But ,now they have "western values",gay pride,and a target painted on their foreheads with THAAD and now ,expensive,useless Patriot missiles.


IronForge's picture

Colllective Defense and False Flag Aggression against a Nuclear Armed Autarky whom are living in prosperity.

Idiocy, Insanity, or both?

The Gladiator's picture

"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."

They are not even trying to hide the fact that the MIC is running NATO.

The US is trying to go back to a cold war relationship status with Cuba anyway. Don't know why Putin hasn't already put missiles there.

Mr. Pain's picture

So is Trump going to become another neocon? It seems that way.


The USA surrounds Russia with nukes and they expect Putin to be silent? This Amerikan empire is going to end badly.

AriusArmenian's picture

US MIC on a roll. Money!

Idiots. The Patriot is useless against the Iskander.

Herodotus's picture

Russia needs to put missles in Mexico across the Rio Grande from Texas.  Putin will guarantee that Mexico will not have to pay for the missles.

Wahooo's picture

Wouldn't surprise me to see that happen. What would the MIC do? Nothing except station more missiles around thw worlds.

veritas semper vinces's picture

The Russians will not respond in a predictable way. Watch and learn. Their response will be a total surprise. Assimetric. They will not conduct athe war that the jewmericans want from them. Judo moves.

Herdee's picture

All the air strips in Romania could be taken out just ahead of any attempted deployment just to send a clear message. It's long overdue.

bunkers's picture

President Trump gave the impression he would not be a warmonger, yet here we are.

Jack Oliver's picture

You have to concede - Trump has NO say in anything !!

Fake Trump's picture

Trump is trying to antagonize Putin. Don't play with fire. You already have Kim to sort out. Putin is no Kim. When Putin responds it will be very ugly. China has been keeping quiet and watching the triangle  love affairs of Putin, Trump and Kim. This is The Art of War. 

Jubal Early's picture

There are Romanians still riding around in pony drawn wagons.  $3.6B is debt slavery to the money changers, plain and simple.

bunkers's picture

WE know what they're doing and here, we sit. WE, including me, are cowards.

Jubal Early's picture

That's not it.  Far more important is that we are denied leadership.  The (((IRS))) blocked fundraising for Ron Paul.  Any real potential challenge or platform is disinflated through subversion or other means, including murder.  Its called tyranny.

Wahooo's picture

I'm not getting in the middle of that fight between 1%ers.

sebmurray's picture

So Patriots have managed to shoot down a few UAVs and one Syrian Su-24. I'm glad Romania feels comfortable that these things are protecting them from the Russian arsenal. A lot of faith in a system that couldn't even shoot down Iraqi scuds

Able Ape's picture

No problem, the gypsies will steal them and sell them for scrap - mark my word, you can take that to the bank...

LA_Goldbug's picture

Anglo-Zionist "Trip-toe in the Tulips" strategy. Not too close but close enough BS.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Cash for ballistic clunkers.

pine_marten's picture

Cut the defense budget in half congress. That will curb this insane belligerence. 

rejected's picture

Con-gress cutting the Offense Budget,,, Your kidding,,, right?

Snaffew's picture

Immediately prior to the "terror' attacks on 9/11...many don't know that the US was facing a financial crisis much like what occurred in 2009....the MIC's way out was to be the coordinator of an Islamic attack against America to allow them to pitch, start and ensue on what is now approaching a decades long war against the Middle East and northern African countries.  In 2009, the financial crisis hit and they bought their way out of it on borrowed time and printed, we are rapidly approaching the next financial crisis which would make the last one look like a tea party---the world is completely overleveraged and perhaps only a global war will save the riches for the MIIC as they depopulate the planet and start over--never to relinquish their wealth and power.  Sounds absolutely insane, but blind greed and massive power can and does do that to humans.

me or you's picture

Rumanians can sleep confortable knowing that couples of Satan ICBs are aiming at them

PeterLong's picture

This is where all the tennis players come from?

el buitre's picture

My understanding is that these Patriot missiles can be refitted and reprogrammed as surface to surface nuclear missiles in a matter of hours.  Russia, like everyone else with two brain cells to rub together,  knows they are totally useless against their outbound missiles but worries about their use as a first strike weapon.

Pitchman's picture

Biggest NATO story ever!  America, building the best enemies money can buy!

"AIR NATO: A Look Inside the West’s Secret Weapons Racket That’s Destroying Syria"

rejected's picture

Patriot Missile System is useless against Russian Iskanders.

But, hey,,,  There's a fool born every minute!

Consuelo's picture



"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."


Visualize someone hitting cherries on the slot machine - in perpetuity.  


$$$KA-Ching-ching-ching-ching-ching --- To $$$Infinity and...



Davidduke2000's picture

Romanians are not motivated to go to war against Russia, they already know the outcome.

Davidduke2000's picture

None of the est europeans will pay a cent for this junk they are buying . erdogan sais the patriot missiles are crap.

Davidduke2000's picture

Romanians would buy anything on crredit.

silverer's picture

US leaders won't be happy until 80% of the population on the planet is annihilated.

MrMorden's picture

When the Soviet Union broke apart, the US pledged it would not use former Sovient client-states to either expand NATO or to station weapons on Russia's borders.  Both promises were lies.

any_mouse's picture

Talk to the American Indian tribes about treaties and promises of Washington, DC.

Everything is fine until someone wants something you've got.

Private Property Rights.

US Govt Stay Out. (Domestic and Foreign)

Signs along the highway near an Army Maneuver Range, "THIS LAND IS NOT FOR SALE TO THE US ARMY".

Nice chunk of corporate entitlement spending.

Mineshaft Gap's picture

If the Deep State is the swollen large intestine of our system, then this event qualifies at least as a DefCon Three fart. 

nah's picture

Once they have 3.6 billion dollars

Aubiekong's picture

Part of the deal is the USA will loan them the amount at very low rates.  In effect the weapons show up and the money is deposited in the weapon makers checking account.  From there some of the money is transferred to our political leaders who where bribed to support this in the first place...

Aubiekong's picture

3.9 billion that US tax payers are "loaning" to the Romanians that will never be paid back that instead will enrich the warmonger stock holders like McCain. The military industrial complex will profit nicely from this too.  And finally this action will simply make war more likely in the future again a win for the warmongers...

Maestro Maestro's picture

Putin is an impostor.


Putin does business with the Saudis and allows the Americans and the Israelis to bomb and kill the Syrians with impunity.  The Saudis are arming and paying the salaries of the ISIS mercenaries who are torturing and killing Christians, Putin's allies the Syrians, the Iranians and the Hezbollah.  No normal human being would deal with the Saudi muslim monsters who stone women to death for having had sex outside of marriage and behead human beings just for saying that they are not muslim anymore.  (But the Americans and the English give them fighter jets so that the Saudis can bomb and maim and kill the entire population of Yemen who reject the Saudis' savage wahhabi Muslim domination.)


The Americans and the Israelis have attacked Syrian planes and the Syrian army on sovereign Syrian soil and KILLED hundreds of Syrian soldiers and thousands of Syrian civilians.


What has Putin done except colluding with the Americans and the Israelis?  The Russians COULD have downed American and Israeli planes while they were attacking the Syrians.  The Russians MUST have attacked and destroyed American bases on sovereign Syrian soil in retaliation and for preventing further attacks.  The Russians did NOTHING.


It's obvious by now.  Why do you ALL pretend not to see it?


 Putin is in bed with the Americans and serves Israel's interests.


Putin COLLABORATES with the Americans and the Israelis, the proof being Putin facilitates the Americans' and the Israelis' shooting down of Syrian airplanes (in Syrian airspace!) defending the Syrian people from the muslim terrorist army of ISIS.  Putin lets the Americans and the Jews bomb and kill Syrians on Syrian soil who are fighting the ISIS muslim terrorists.


Does not Putin keep repeating that Russians and Americans are FRIENDS?


 Putin keeps selling Russian oil for (illegal because unconstitutional) American dollars hence aiding and abetting the enemies of the human race, the Americans, the Saudis and the Israelis, by propping up the petrodollar.


Yet you all think Putin is a good man even though Putin keeps repeating in public that Russians and Americans are FRIENDS, that Americans and Russians fought two world wars together?


Russia (just like China!)  is an IMF member country hence Russians are FORBIDDEN to use gold as money or back the Rouble with gold.  In addition, the Russians cannot even issue their own currency the Rouble without permission from the City of London, meaning, Russia is not even an independent or sovereign country!


But you all think that Putin is going to save us from the terrorist Americans, the Saudi muslim terrorists and the Jewish terrorists, the Israelis?


Putin is an errand boy for the Rothschilds.



Jack Oliver's picture

Still posting absolute SHIT !!!

Maestro Maestro's picture

Still posting nothing but obsceneties.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

This nonsense was invented by a mentally ill person. Should be treated with a sedative and placed in the chamber.

any_mouse's picture

We welcome our reptilian overlords.

artvandalai's picture

Gotta hand it to 'em here.

Great False Flag setup. We're setting up missles just a few miles from Putin's house to deflect the idea that Putin is running America through Trump. Brilliant!!!

Vageling's picture

Russia is right. Sorry, but I for one DOES listen. After some NATO muppet pledging some shit to a failed state named Ukraine? Getting his picture taken with a corrupt muppet? Really? A non nato member gets that? 

Romania... The land of the pick pockets and crime and shit. Another bullshit country. Then again. The EU corrupts! The EP invesigated. Results were a deathblow. They all decided to not release the result of their corruption. Fitting isn't it?

Keep poking the bear and thinking I will fight... Reality will be a bitch!