The complexes will become a “legitimate target of the Russian Armed Forces” along with “NATO personnel.”
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, ex-President of Russia Dmytro Medvedev threatened to strike American Patriot air defense systems “together with NATO personnel” in case of transfer of installations to Ukraine, as Putin’s friend wrote in his Telegram channel.
Medvedev said that after the complex is handed over to Ukraine, the air defense system will become a “legitimate target” of the Russian military.
“If, as Stoltenberg hinted, NATO supplies the Kyiv “fanatics” with Patriot complexes along with NATO personnel, they will immediately become a legitimate target of our Armed Forces,” Medvedev wrote.
Medvedev has traditionally insulted NATO officials, calling them “Atlantic impotents.”
Patriot for Ukraine
After Ukrainian air defense missiles fell on the territory of Poland while repelling a Russian attack, Germany offered Warsaw to protect its skies with Patriot systems, placing them on the border with Ukraine.
Instead, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, following Polish parliamentarians and the Minister of Defense, advised Berlin to hand over the Patriot to Ukraine .
NATO, in turn, said that the decision to transfer the complexes to Ukraine does not require additional consultations – Germany can decide that.
To which Berlin responded vaguely, slowing down the transfer of weapons. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that the Patriot is part of NATO’s air defense system, and its use should be discussed with allies.