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Romania plans to send one of its Patriot defense systems to Ukraine

Romania plans to send one of its Patriot defense systems to Ukraine

Romania will consider sending one of its Patriot air defense systems to neighboring Ukraine to help the war-torn country fend off Russian air attacks, President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday.

Speaking after a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington, Iohannis said the final decision could not endanger his country’s security. A NATO member for two decades, Romania shares the longest border with Ukraine among European Union member states.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on alliance members to step up their air defense support for Ukraine at a key moment in the conflict, as Russia has stepped up its bombing campaign against energy infrastructure and cities.

Stoltenberg said last month that allies had identified additional air defense equipment for Ukraine, including the Patriot and SAMP/T systems.

“President Biden brought up the subject of Patriots and I told him I was open to discussing it,” Iohannis told reporters. “We will have to discuss it at the national level, to see if we can come up with a system and of course what we can do in return, because it is unacceptable that Romania finds itself without air defense.”

Romania has a Patriot system already operational and three others currently being implemented. It might consider transferring one of them to Ukraine, he said.

Iohannis also said he had discussed with Biden his bid to become the next NATO leader after Stoltenberg’s term ends this year. They agreed to continue dialogue, even though the United States and most other alliance members have thrown their support behind outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

This article was generated from an automated news agency feed without modification to the text.

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