Romania has received the first state-of-the-art Patriot ground-to-air missile system, and another seven will be delivered soon. These systems will be complementary to the anti-missile shield from Deveselu, installed in 2015, writes the TASS news agency, which recalls the analysis made by Izvestia.
According to Izvestia, Romania and other countries in Southeast Europe link this re-equipment process to a possible threat on NATO’s eastern flank.
In general, Romania and other countries in Southeast Europe, such as Bulgaria, have actively intensified military and technical cooperation with the West. And, in addition to the equipment with state-of-the-art military equipment, these countries are expected to host a larger number of American troops, Izvestia notes.
According to Konstantin Bogdanov, a researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the deployment of Patriot missile systems in Romania and Poland is not surprising. “Both countries are bases of trust, where NATO will mobilize troops in the event of a threat,” Bogdanov told Izvestia.
In political terms, the deployment of defensive systems, which does not undermine strategic stability, does not cause problems, says the Russian researcher. “The range of these missiles in peacetime poses no difficulty for the Russian army, including the troops in Crimea. But, without a doubt, these systems will be considered targets in case of planning hypothetical operations in Romania “, he underlines.
In his opinion, Ilia Kramnik, an expert at the Russian Council of International Affairs, Moscow will probably respond to the installation of Patriot missiles in Romania. “Such things cannot be ignored,” he warns. “More attention will probably be paid to the air capabilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Southern Military District, in the sense of having defensive systems,” Kramnik said. “There are certain weapons, for example, anti-radar missiles capable of neutralizing missile and radar systems,” the Russian expert told Izvestia.