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Russia views Patriot missile system deliveries to Poland as security threat — diplomat

March 29, 15:58 UTC+3

The Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman stated that the Russian defense resources are enough to ensure the inviolability of the borders

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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. The deliveries of US Patriot air and anti-ballistic missile defense systems to Poland may be viewed as a threat to Russia’s security, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We consider the steps being taken as an element of destabilizing the military and political situation in Europe and as a threat to the national security of the Russian Federation," the diplomat said.

"At the same time, we are stating that the Russian defense resources are enough to ensure the inviolability of our borders and protect our territory," Zakharova said.

Poland is buying US Patriot systems for its Wisla national anti-ballistic missile defense system. The first deliveries are due to start in 2022 to be followed in 2024.

As was reported earlier, during the first two stages, Poland is set to buy 16 launchers, 208 missiles and four radar stations with radars. The US has also agreed that the Polish missile complexes will be integrated with the IBCS air and missile defense battle command system.

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