MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russia will destroy the Patriot air defense systems if the US provides them to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Rossiya-1 television on Sunday.
"Of course, we’ll take them out, 100%!" he said in interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin on the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program.
The president said Ukraine so far doesn't have these systems.
Putin told reporters on Thursday that "the Patriot is a fairly outdated system" and an "antidote" to these systems will be found.
On December 21, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky traveled to Washington at the invitation of US President Joe Biden. During his visit, the US announced a new assistance package worth $1.85 bln. It for the first time included the Patriot air defense system that has a launcher on a truck chassis, a radar and a control station.