Romania could be willing to provide Ukraine with its Patriot air defense systems

U.S. President Joe Biden meets Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 7, 2024
U.S. President Joe Biden meets Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 7, 2024

Romania might be prepared to send its Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine, President Klaus Iohannis said on May 7 after meeting U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, Reuters reported.

"There has been a discussion over the last few weeks on who can send Patriot systems to Ukraine," Iohannis told reporters.

"President Biden mentioned it in our meeting and I said I was open to discussion. I must discuss it in the Supreme Defense Council to figure out what we can offer and what we can get in return," he said.

"Because it is unacceptable to leave Romania without air defense."

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Western partners do not want to give Ukraine even “five or seven” Patriots, although they have more than 100, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on April 3.

25 Patriot systems or their equivalents are needed to fully protect Ukraine’s airspace from Russian attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 6.

Ukraine is in active negotiations with its allies to supply two Patriot batteries and one SAMP-T, Kuleba said on April 12.


Additional Patriot systems would save lives, including the 18 lost in the Russian strike on Chernihiv on April 17 - "This would not have happened if Ukraine had received enough air defense systems," Zelenskyy said.

Russia also would have never been able to destroy the Trypillia Thermal Power Plant if Ukraine had sufficient Patriot systems, the Foreign Ministry said.

EU countries should send their air defense systems to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense, EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said at an April 18 meeting of G7 foreign ministers.

Ukraine will receive a new IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft missile system “in the next few weeks”, Diehl Defence head, Helmut Rauch, said on April 18. Diehl Defense is the company that produces the system.

G7 foreign ministers pledged to help Ukraine strengthen its air defenses at a meeting in Italy on April 19.

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