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Defence Minister: Most likely, in September we will pay almost USD 1bn for the second patriot system. Blunder on Deveselu missiles denied

Defence Minister, Mihai Fifor, announced Tuesday evening that Romania has the money, about USD 1 billion, to pay for the second Patriot anti-missile system right after the acceptance letter comes from the US. The payment would be made, most likely, in September, the minister said, Antena 3 TV private broadcaster informs.

“We are in the second year with the Patriot missiles. Last year we acquired the first Patriot system. We are currently ready to pay for the second system. We are ready for the payment, most likely in early September, right after the acceptance letter comes from the US. In February we paid the first HIMARS missiles system. Let’s not forget that Romania is to receive, this year, the first 36 ‘Piranha 5’ armoured conveyors 8×8, of which 6 will be produced by the Bucharest Mechanical Plant. We return the money to our defence industry,” Mihai Fifor said for Anteva 3 TV.

Defence Minister, Mihai Fifor, made a blunder Tuesday evening, during the talks show for the private broadcaster, saying that Romania has, at the Deveselu military base, ballistic missiles…, instead of interceptor anti-ballistic missiles.

On Wednesday, Minister Fifor said it is an interpretation error and he did not say the Deveselu base has ballistic missiles.

“I do not believe someone would ever say that Deveselu has ballistic missiles. Last evening I said the Deveselu base deals with the ballistic missiles, in no way that we have ballistic missiles. It is unlikely for me not to know what he have at Deveselu, about the interceptor missiles and the way the missile shield works. It was only an error of understanding, of communication in the worst case,” Mihai Fifor said for Digi 24 TV private broadcaster.

On Tuesday, Minister Fifor also said that the Romanian Army is more and more appreciated by NATO and talked about the relations with Russia, saying that the Romanian Army conducts deterrence missions in the Black Sea.

 

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