President Iohannis, about Patriot missile acquisition: We aren't preparing to attack anybody

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President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday said in respect to the the Patriot-type missiles that this endowment isn't designed to attack anybody.

President at Cincu, the head of state was asked if the acquisition of Patriot-type missiles can create tensions in the relation with the Russian Federation.

"In the first place, we must see what these acquisitions are made for. We aren't preparing to attack anybody. We are preparing to be better equipped, so that our army benefit from modern, efficient endowment. It is an absolutely necessary thing and this endowment isn't designed to attack anybody. It is designed to defend ourselves, to guarantee the security of Romanians in Romania," Iohannis showed.

In respect to a possible accession of Ukraine to NATO, the head of state said that this topic will be discussed when this country announces its intention.

"This is a matter we could hardly discuss today, but we all find that the Ukrainian servicemen wanted and could participate in this exercise today. If Ukraine wants or doesn't want to become a NATO ally is a matter to be discussed when Ukraine voices its will one way or another," the head of state pointed out.

President Klaus Iohannis was present at the Cincu shooting range in Brasov County, where the Saber Guardian 2017 multinational military exercise was carried out. AGERPRES (RO — author: Florentina Peia, editor: Georgiana Tanasescu; EN — editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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