These are the missile defense systems the US sent to Poland

These are the missile defense systems the US sent to Poland

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  • This was his response CNN Now playing Thousands of Ukrainians evacuate bombardments through safe corridors CNN — The two missile defense systems that the US delivered to Poland this week are part of a weapons system upon which the US military has heavily relied for nearly 40 years.
  • The US, seeking to avoid direct involvement in Ukraine – which is not a member of NATO and therefore not subject to the pact’s collective defense agreement, in which an attack on one aligned nation is considered an attack on all – has repeatedly stressed that the deployment is only for defensive purposes.
  • Retired US Army Gen. Wesley Clark, a former NATO commander, called the deployment of the two batteries “prudent” and said the Patriot system would be able to intercept many of the missiles Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed in Russia and Belarus, which borders Poland.

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