NATO Prepares To Deploy Interceptor Missiles To Turkey
Xinhua News Agency
November 8, 2012
NATO preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles
ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that NATO is preparing to give Turkey Patriot missiles for deployment along the Turkish-Syrian border, local newspaper Today’s Zaman reported on its website.
Davutoglu made the remarks in Brussels following earlier statements by some other Turkish officials that Turkey is in talks with the United States and NATO over the deployment of Patriot missiles along its border with Syria.
Turkey and the United States are considering deploying missiles in the southern Turkish province of Kilis, according to the report.
In the past, Turkey requested the deployment of Patriot missile defense systems on its territory twice in the context of wars in Iraq, respectively in the early 1990s and the 2000s.
November 8, 2012
Turkey says reserves right to arm itself against any Syria threat
ANKARA: Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul said Thursday that the country reserved the right to defend itself against any threat from neighbouring Syria, amid discussions about the possible deployment of US Patriot missiles.
“Patriots…are being discussed within NATO…,” Gul told reporters, but insisted that it was “out of the question for Turkey to start a war with Syria”.
…On Wednesday, Turkey said it is in talks with NATO over the possible deployment of Patriot missiles on its soil as part of contingency planning on the security of Turkey and NATO territories.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Brussels that it was only “normal” to discuss any defence measures in the face of potential risk from Syria.
Turkey has already beefed up border security with tanks and anti-aircraft batteries in the face of the deadly 20-month conflict in Syria, which has occasionally spilled over onto Turkish soil.
Turkish border units have systematically retaliated to cross-border shelling since Syrian fire killed five Turks on October 3.