NATO Missile Deployment In Turkey Raises Russian Concerns: Spokesman
December 3, 2012
Patriot deployment in Turkey arouse RF concern, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said
ISTANBUL: The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern and does not facilitate stabilisation of the “shaky situation” in the region, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
Peskov accompanies Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has begun the visit to Istanbul.
This issue will be in the focus of the talks between Putin and the Turkish leadership.
The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern, the Kremlin official said, adding that Russia “will inform its Turkish partners about its concerns”.
Peskov said the talks would be held in two aspects: bilateral relations, which “are notable by their diversity and full of excellent projects and international issues”. Russia and Turkey “have serious disagreements on international issues. And we don’t hide this fact”, the presidential spokesman stressed.
In his words, “several steps do not facilitate the normalisation of the situation in the region.”
Peskov said the Syrian problem would be on the agenda. “Russia’s position is consistent and absolutely transparent: one warring party cannot be upheld. This cannot facilitate the settlement of the conflict,” Peskov said, adding, “Active support for one warring party only incites the conflict.”
The spokesman did not rule out that Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyit Erdogan would discuss the detention of Russia’s jet by Turkey.
Voice of Russia
December 3, 2012
Turkey to get Patriot batteries
After exploring the terrain, NATO and Turkish officers have chosen sites for deploying three Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries in southeastern Turkey.
They wil unveil their conclusions at a session of NATO Foreign to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Turkey asked NATO to deploy as many as 6 Patriot batteries.
Putin to discuss NATO Patriot air defense system in Turkey – Peskov
The deployment of NATO Patriot complexes in Turkey “is a concern to Russia and does not contribute to the stabilization of the already fragile situation” in the region, the President’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Istanbul on Monday.
He noted that this issue will be addressed in today’s talks. Peskov will accompany President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Istanbul. Shortly after his arrival in Turkey, Putin began closed-door talks with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
Voice of Russia, RIA