December 4, 2012
NATO foreign ministers have voted to approve Ankara’s request for Patriot missiles to be deployed on the Turkey-Syria border. Ankara requested the deployment over fears that Syria could attack with missiles and chemical weapons.
The Patriots can be used to intercept missiles and planes.
Officials from the 28-member alliance meeting in Brussels have said that the US-made missiles will be for purely defensive purposes.
“NATO’s position is clear. Any deployment would be to protect turkey. It would be purely defensive in nature. It will in no way support a no fly zone or any offensive operation,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm