Baltic leaders call for permanent surface-to-air missile deployment

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite on 20 July backed calls for the permanent deployment of the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air, air defence, and anti-missile systems to the Baltic states, local media have reported.

“The speed of response to an airborne threat may be crucial. Therefore, it would be appropriate to have such weapons in the Baltic region,” Grybauskaite explained.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait.

The calls follow Poland’s signature of a memorandum on 6 July to buy the Patriot missile system from the US. The Baltic states currently only possess short-range air defence systems.

Grybauskaite emphasised that the move would ensure greater security for all nations in the area.

Source: IHS Janes.

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