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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Yars Revenge's picture

Doesn't matter.

Russian missle technonogy > US missle technology

strannick's picture

what an evil piece of shite country. just sayin

Looney's picture


North Korea’s new missiles might be able to hit that installation. THAT would be a hoot!  ;-)


BullyBearish's picture

the zionists won't stop until they radiate 1/2 the world...

Looney's picture


This is a slo-mo re-run of the Caribbean Crisis.

It will continue until, sooner or later, the Russians install their missiles in Cuba.  ;-)


strannick's picture

Putin questions whether these missles are really meant for Iran

FrozenGoodz's picture

Don Jr. are you available for a 'quick' meeting?

MalteseFalcon's picture

So the US isn't attacking Iran and it's pretty much over in MENA.

Is this the neo-con's consolation prize?

Thanks for playing, assholes.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

"We Will Be Forced To Respond"

So put up your own missile defense system.


Doña K's picture

The US war merchants sold their leftover missiles, thanks to fabricated Russian aggression.  

Blankone's picture

Where do you get this belief the US is being forced to cancel the pursuit of Iran? The recent terrorists attacks in Iran say a very different thing.

Consolation prize you ask. This is simply a continuation of activities to place missiles next to Russia. This has been pursued at a steady rate for years now. Along with moving NATO and US forces close to Russia in additional countries close to Russia.

Putin say this - "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."

He is completely correct. They have been repeating tough talk, talk, talk, nothing but talk. And nobody cares as Putin has not shown any backbone. For awhile Putin has a good image consultant - shots riding a horse with no shirt, shots of him in judo garb, shots of him trying to make tough guy staring at others, - but Putin's actions have made people see him as hot air and phony.

Tough guy Putin just gave SW Syria, all the way to Damascus, over to the US and Jordan. He agreed to have US and Jordanian military forces take over the area. Thus he also gave up Syria's legal claims to sovereignty by officially welcoming foreign troops. Of course the US and Jordanian armed forces will operate as Israel wishes.

Vimes's picture

Unfortunately for Russia, they are playing to keep what they have got. Not gaining an inch, but are struggling to keep their sales to Europe.

It usually doesn't go down well with a lot of red team / blue team boys, there will be more down votes.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Blankone once again exhibits his low-wage trolling, expressing fake concern as a method to try to advance his agenda. He is an anti-Putin propagandist who consistently calls for a recklessly aggressive military response from Russia. The well reasoned and successful Russian approach has left him seething with frustration.

His mistaken assumptions and flawed reasoning have been pointed out to him before on multiple occasions, alas to no avail. It would come as no surprise if he were discovered to have experienced iodine deficiency during childhood.

Presenting Blankone with facts has been revealed to be a complete waste of time. He ignores any facts which run counter to his efforts to smear Putin and go against his agenda of promoting war against Russia.

Tough guy Putin just gave SW Syria, all the way to Damascus, over to the US and Jordan.

All the way to Damascus? Cheap hyperbole. The rest is at best partial truth twisted into deceit.

He agreed to have US and Jordanian military forces take over the area.

Only US and Jordanian military? And specifically to which area do you refer? Again, grains of partial truth hammered into another lie.

Thus he also gave up Syria's legal claims to sovereignty by officially welcoming foreign troops.

This statement is absurd in every possible way. Go to the cashier's window at the State Department and collect your three kopeks.

veritas semper vinces's picture

The man is hopeless bc of low comprehension level or a not so smart troll bc his posts are absurd. Anyone who is following the Syrian situation knows Syria,backed by Russia ,is advancing in NW(they are 15 km to a key town in the desert and after they take this(they recently took back all important oil fields),it's straight to Deir Ez Zor.Raqqa is already attacked from the west. In the SE,they are now wiping out the "moderate" AlQaeda (Fatah Al Sham) that Jewmerica supported and they gave a mortal wound to them even in the Golan Heights. They control now Gouta,Hama and Damascu areas.And the Russians said for the 1000th time that Syria will not be divided.

The Russians just sent modern patrol boats to the Syrian coast .

Reconstruction in Aleppo is started. More than 85 % of the  population is controlled by the government. More then 800 000 Syrians returned home from abroad.

MalteseFalcon's picture

So the US isn't attacking Iran and it's pretty much over in MENA.

Is this the neo-con's consolation prize?

Thanks for playing, assholes.

virgule's picture

Romania is one of only 5 NATO members to hit that 2% target.

They have spending targets now, to buy US weapons???? 

CheapBastard's picture

"Where is Romania? Is that in Oklahoma?"


~ George Bush, 2005

LibertarianMenace's picture

He was actually capable of saying Romania w/o botching it? Wonders.

PeterLong's picture

Any nation that meets the target gets  entered into a drawing for $$ 1 billion of free fighter planes, bombers, armored vehicles of their choice.

Doña K's picture

Plus continuation with service, spare parts and replacement parts. I bet a lot of these are past their expiration dates. 

meditate_vigorously's picture

Possibly why Trump reversed on NATO. If they can get people buying US weapons, it is good for the US. Slows down our economic death spiral until we can get real production back on our soil.

Just a guess.

steve2241's picture

The U.S. isn't "installing" their missiles in Romania.  Rather, Romania is buying the missiles of the U.S.  The error that the U.S.S.R. made in Cuba years ago was that they installed "their" missiles on the island of Cuba, rather than "selling" those same missiles to the island.



Mustafa Kemal's picture

Have you heard of crackpot realism?  Your post is a perfect example

steve2241's picture

Crackpot Realism?   Words have meaning.  Sometimes illusory and fictional, but they support the U.S. common law legal system.  In fact, the system is riddled with such artifices.  You're the crackpot.  And an ignorant one at that.

Edit:  Like Corporations are "human beings", legally speaking.  How's that for fucking crackpot realism!


bluez's picture

The missiles are not being "sold". Maybe it's just a lease? A sort-of condominium maybe?

I have some paper gold for "sale". You really think Romania will control those missiles? Ya right.

Your paper gold is in the mail. Honest.

Regardless, it seems likely Russia will simply destroy the missiles in Romania.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Exactly. They also don't control the THAAD installed on their teritory.They are operated by Americans. There is not one Romanian around.

PeterLong's picture

My guess is that Romania is borrowing the money to buy the U.S. missiles from Wall St. connected banks payable over 20 years at which point, if Romania still exists, they will have to buy new ones, or make nice with Russia. I assume the neccessary training to shoot the missiles is included.

Ace006's picture

I am sure Rumania is high on the target list of the (evil) Russians.  If I were the Rumanians, I'd double my order.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Your honor,I did not kill my wife.She ran into my knife.

I woke up's picture

What about that debt tragectory Yellen was talking about?

NidStyles's picture

Just out of curiosity, do these people just do whatever the hell they want without anyone having oversight? This is the third time the Stat department has been in the news without a word about Congress or the President. I know the State Department is loaded with Jews and The Pentagram is nothing but Zionists, but don't these people work for someone?

NidStyles's picture

Now you did it, that post makes me look drunk.... Apple's autocorrect is terrible.

OverTheHedge's picture

I'm starting to think mine has a mind of is own: i tried to type "non-combatant" today, and it assumed I meant "terrorist".

Am I paranoid?

Am I paranoid enough?

AlexCharting's picture

Dont blame the Jews, they are very egalitarian people if you join them. I am telling all refugees I meet that Israel will welcome them with open arms and entitlements galore if they convert to judaism. A tsunami of African males wearing Yamakas setting course for Israel.

Blankone's picture

That is one reason why Trump and his offspring have made themselves property of the jews.

Every single offspring of Trump who has married has married a jew.

doctor10's picture

in my own observations about such things its generally that the Jew marry the wealthy goyim...

earleflorida's picture

Cuba in talks to deploy S-400 with sales contracts pending...

awaiting details of financial payments...

could be Foreign Aid package as in USSA Israel free armaments f-18's, f-##'s

SteveNYC's picture

Right you are.

Also, one would have thought the Romanians learned a lesson in WWII. How silly......

veritas semper vinces's picture

And here you have it,boys and girls.Any doubt about "hope and change" removed(or was it MAGA?) I forget which one was this time,since there is no difference.

Ace006's picture

Even if it's the opposite, our technology has to work perfectly under all conditions.  Perfectly.  Cost of failure = several MIRVs over Pleasantville, USA.

Now the question is Why?  Why put this stuff in Rumania?  And, more importantly, why this anti-Russian garbage?  Every MSM moron just about says Russia's the most evil country in the whole world but where is the proof and how did the U.S. become such a saintly country? We are the only virtuous ones?

Ralph Peters is unbalanced with his extreme hostility to Russia. It's far from obvious that a sensible relationship cannot be negotiated.

CheapBastard's picture

I regret not buying Boeing when it dropped to 113.