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NATO to Survey Patriot Missile Sites in Turkey

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 26, 2012

NATO to Survey Patriot Missile Sites in Turkey

ANKARA: NATO officials will start surveying sites along the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday for possible deployment of Patriot air defense systems, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.

The NATO delegation includes 30 experts from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, all of whom have Patriots in their arsenals.

“The regions the Patriot systems would be deployed to and the number of foreign personnel that will be assigned to them will be be based on the NATO delegation’s site-survey,” the statement said.

Turkey, a NATO member, has requested the deployment of Patriot missiles on its territory, saying the anti-missile system is necessary to protect its 900-km border with conflict-torn Syria.

Among the most possible sites for the Patriot deployment are Diyarbakir, Urfa and Malatya in southeastern Turkey. Hurriyet said up to 300 military personnel will be needed to service the Patriot batteries.

Syria has condemned the Patriot missile plan in Turkey as “another act of provocation.” Russia has warned that the move could trigger a regional crisis. NATO maintained that the missiles would be placed for defensive purposes only.

US Patriot surface-to-air missiles were last deployed to Turkey in 1991 and 2003, during the two Gulf Wars, to protect the country from Saddam Hussein’s Scud missiles.


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Voice of Russia
November 26, 2012

NATO representatives,Turkish servicemen to examine sites for Patriot Missile Air-Defence Systems

A delegation of NATO representatives and of the Turkish army will start examining Tuesday the places for the planned deployment of the Patriot Missile Air-Defence Systems on Turkey’s border with Syria, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces said.

The Patriot Missile Air-Defence Systems that Ankara asked NATO to supply it with are defensive in character and aimed against a possible missile attack on Syria’s part, and will be used neither for the establishment of no-fly zones nor for offensive operations, the General Staff said.

Turkey, which is a NATO member, filed an official request to the NATO alliance last week with a request for supplying the Patriot Misslel Air-Defence Systems to it.

According to local media reports, a delegation consisting of 30 NATO experts will arrive in Turkey soon.

Among the most probable system where the Patriot missiles could be deployed are the Turkish provinces Diyarbakir, Urfa and Malatya in the south-east of the country/

Last week, Turkey, the NATO member, formally applied to the Alliance with a request for providing it with the Patriot complexes.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Ankara’s order will be immediately considered.

According to the statements of the Turkish General Staff posted on its web site, the works connected with the deployment of the anti-missile complexes and stationing of foreign troops in the country, will be carried out on the basis of the Memorandum, which will be signed in the framework of the existing NATO agreement.

Russian expert warns of possibility of large-scale war in Middle East

Turkey has asked NATO to deploy “Patriot” missiles on the Turkish side near the Turkish-Syrian border.

In an interview with the Voice of Russia, Russian analyst Konstantin Sivkov said: “Deploying these missiles in Turkey will be dangerous for Syrian military planes – this is obvious. A lesser obvious thing is that Turkey is getting ready for a war against Syria. If an attack on Syria from the territory of Turkey does take place, this will most likely be an attack not of the Turkish army, but of NATO’s forces.”

“The Middle East is getting ready for a large-sale battle which will very likely affect the Russian part of the Caucasus, and this, in its turn, will be reflected on the entire Russia,” Mr. Sivkov added.

Deployment of Patriots in Turkey means no-fly zone for Syria

The planned deployment by NATO countries of Patriot air defence systems on Turkey’s Syria border will actually amount to the imposition of a no-fly zone for Syrian aircraft in circumvention of the UN Security Council.

The opinion has been voiced by the leading research fellow of the Russian Institute for Oriental Studies, Vladimir Kudelev.

He feels that Patriot systems may drastically influence the fighting between the government troops and the opposition in the north of Syria, since the militants will thus get a 200 kilometre – to 250 kilometre-wide “umbrella” all along the Syrian-Turkish border.

The deployment of Patriots would also undermine the role of the UN Security Council, which, experts feel, would hardly authorize any proposal to impose a no-fly zone for Syrian aircraft.

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