NewsRussia warns of 'decisive steps' if Patriot missiles reach Ukraine

Russia warns of 'decisive steps' if Patriot missiles reach Ukraine

Patriot systems in Zamość/ Illustrative photo
Patriot systems in Zamość/ Illustrative photo
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1:58 PM EDT, March 22, 2024

"If Patriots are delivered to Ukraine, it will have dire consequences for Russian-Japanese relations, and Russia will take decisive steps," announced Nikolai Nozdriev, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to Japan.

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In an interview with Ria Novosti, Nozdriev pointed out that the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is on a path towards remilitarizing the country and bolstering retaliatory sentiments among its populace.

"This shift in policy influences actions across various fields, including the liberalization of arms exports. The goal is to create favourable conditions for military and technical cooperation with foreign nations involving the transfer of military equipment. The Kishida administration aims to proceed swiftly and fulfill the expectations of their main ally, the United States," explained Nozdriev.

Russia Announces Retaliatory Measures

The ambassador noted an urgency to decide on the shipment of Patriot systems.

"As a result, we will meticulously ensure that the delivered Patriots do not reach Ukraine. However, if they do, it will severely impact Russia-Japan relations," the ambassador emphasized, adding that Russia will take retaliatory measures.

He mentioned that while no specific actions have been outlined, preparations are underway for potential responses. "Considering such scenarios is a standard aspect of any foreign policy and defence strategy," stated Nozdriew.

Japan modified its arms export laws late last year, enabling the transfer of not only licensed parts but also complete defence systems to both the licensor and approved third countries.

Yet, these systems cannot be sent to conflict zones. This implies that Japan won't directly provide Patriot systems to Ukraine, though the United States might.

Source: Ria Novosti

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