Kremlin: shipments of American Patriot air defense systems to Poland are a threat to Russia’s security

The shipment of American anti-air and anti-missile defense systems to Poland can be considered a threat to Russia’s security, as stated by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press briefing.

“We view the steps taken [by Poland] as an element to destabilize the military and political situation in Europe, and a threat to the national security of the Russian Federation. At the same time we note that the Russian defensive resources are adequate to ensure the inviolability of our borders and the protection of our territory,” she said.

Poland is purchasing Patriots for its new “Wisla” national anti-missile defense system. The first shipments should begin in 2022, and the next in 2024. As reported previously, the first two phases involve Poland’s acquisition of 16 missile launchers, 208 missiles, and four radar stations.

The US has also agreed to integrate the Polish systems with the IBCS system, which entails the creation of an automated system for controlling forces on the battlefield.

  Patriot missile systems, Poland, Russia