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

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.

Comments

Blankone MalteseFalcon Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:35 Permalink

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.

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Shemp 4 Victory Blankone Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:52 Permalink

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.

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veritas semper… Shemp 4 Victory Wed, 07/12/2017 - 18:53 Permalink

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.

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steve2241 Looney Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:01 Permalink

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.  

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steve2241 Mustafa Kemal Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:53 Permalink

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! 

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bluez steve2241 Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:51 Permalink

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.

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NidStyles Looney Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

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?

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Ace006 Yars Revenge Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:00 Permalink

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.

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