Russia Warns of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use of Patriot Air Defence Systems

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Russia Warns of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use of Patriot Air Defence Systems

Russia has issued a stern warning concerning discussions about Ukraine potentially deploying Patriot MIM-104 air defence systems over Russian territory. The state-run TASS news agency today reported comments from Moscow’s foreign ministry, which stated that such discussions demonstrate the West is on a “path of escalation.”

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

“Russia will take all measures to thwart such threats,” the foreign ministry declared, underscoring the nation’s determination to counter what it perceives as provocative actions.

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

The tension comes after the Pentagon announced in April that it would “rush” Patriot air defence missiles and artillery ammunition to Ukraine as part of a new $6 billion military aid package. However, U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin clarified that the actual Patriot systems required to launch these missiles would not be included in the delivery.

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been adamant about the urgent need for these advanced defensive weapons, emphasising that their absence continues to result in Ukrainian casualties. The Patriot system — short for “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target” — is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence mechanism designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and advanced aircraft.

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

The sophisticated American-made missiles are produced by Raytheon in Massachusetts and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Florida. The Patriot system is employed by the U.S. and several allies, including Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Poland, Sweden, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, Spain, and Taiwan.

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

A Patriot air defence system unit is currently stationed in Vilnius, Lithuania, a clear sign of the widespread deployment of this technology among U.S. allies.

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

As the geopolitical climate becomes increasingly volatile, the global community is closely monitoring the situation. The discourse surrounding the deployment of Patriot systems underscores the delicate balance of international relations and the high stakes involved in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Russia Warns Of Escalation Over Potential Ukrainian Use Of Patriot Air Defence Systems

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