UKRAINE, June 20 — Romania will transfer its Patriot air defense system to Ukraine. Romania’s Supreme Defense Council, chaired by President Klaus Iohannis, decided this at a meeting on June 20, reported the Romanian presidential administration.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine has received Patriot systems from the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands. Patriot systems can effectively shoot down various types of Russian missiles, including ballistic and cruise missiles. 

Council members analyzed the status, use, and importance of four Romanian Patriot systems for national defense, as well as the situation in Ukraine caused by Russia’s constant massive attacks and its consequences for Romania’s security.

“The transfer [of the Patriot system to Ukraine] will be made on the condition that our country [Romania] continues negotiations with its allies, in particular the US strategic partner, to obtain a similar or equivalent system that will meet the needs of protecting national airspace,” the presidential administration said.

The presidential administration added that Romania will continue to support Ukraine in various ways to counter Russian aggression.

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