Russia Reiterates Objection To NATO Missiles On Syrian Border
November 23, 2012
Lavrov reiterates Russia’s concerns about Turkey plans to deploy Patriot missiles
MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once again iterated Russia’s concerns about plans to deploy Patriot missile systems at the Turkish-Syrian border in a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
“Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed [Lavrov] about the situation related to Turkey’s request that NATO deploy Patriot air defense missiles on its territory. Lavrov reiterated Russia’s concerns about the plans to step up the military potential in the region and the proposal on establishing a direct communication line between Ankara and Damascus to avoid incidents,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement it published on its website following the conversation.
The parties also discussed preparations for a ministerial meeting of the NATO-Russia Council planned for December 4 in Brussels, it said.
Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 23, 2012
Russia Reiterates Concern Over NATO Missiles in Turkey
MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Friday Moscow’s concern over the possible deployment of US Patriot air defense systems in Turkey.
Turkey, a NATO member, has requested the deployment of Patriot missiles on its territory, saying the missile system is necessary to protect its 900-km border with conflict-torn Syria.
“Sergei Lavrov has reiterated Russia’s concern over [NATO] plans to boost its military capability in the region, and reaffirmed the need for direct dialogue between Ankara and Damascus in order to avoid incidents,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said following a phone conversation between Lavrov and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Rasmussen, who earlier stated that the deployment of Patriot missiles would “contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO’s south-eastern border,” reassured Lavrov 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.