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US May Deploy Patriot Missile Battery To Baltic Region, Argues Its Defensive Step

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US May Deploy Patriot Missile Battery To Baltic Region, Argues Its Defensive Step

A US soldier stands in front of a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep on February 5, 2013. Source: AFP 2017/ BULENT KILIC

The US military may deploy a long-range Patriot missile battery to the Baltic region later this year as part of a military exercise close to the Russian border.

“We are here in a purely defensive stance. Everyone knows this is not an offensive capability. For anyone who says otherwise, I would just say I have too much respect for the Russian army to think that they actually believe there’s any offensive capability,” US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis commented on the issue but declined to confirm the specific deployment.

According to US officials, the Patriot surface-to-air missile system could be deployed in the region during the July air defense exercise set to be held there.

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