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US Approves $10.5Bln Patriot Missile Defense System Sale to Poland

© AFP 2022 / JANEK SKARZYNSKIPolish soldiers watch as US troops from the 5th Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Regiment emplace a launching station of the Patriot air and missile defence system at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland, on March 21, 2015
Polish soldiers watch as US troops from the 5th Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Regiment emplace a launching station of the Patriot air and missile defence system at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland, on March 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The United States has approved a $10.5 billion sale of the Patriot-3 missile defense system to Poland, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a news release on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) —  Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told Sputnik in an interview on Friday that the plans to deploy Patriot systems in Poland are a part of the US strategic intention to surround Russia with missile defense systems "under the pretext of mythical threats to security".

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ with Modernized Sensors … for an estimated cost of $10.5 billion," the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency's release said.

The United States had justified the Patriot missiles' deployment by the threat allegedly posed by Iran prior to reaching the nuclear agreement with Tehran in 2015. However, Russia has repeatedly questioned the claim and accused NATO of building up its military presence on Russia’s borders.

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