December 18, 2012
Russia is categorically opposed to the Turkey’s installation of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles along its border with Syria.
Most have assumed that the Moscow’s opposition was driven by its friendship with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
But Russian military experts tell Kommersant that Moscow is actually concerned that the missiles will be used in military action against Iran.
In spite of the fact that the planned location of the missiles is relatively far from the Iranian border, they could be easily deployed to any place in Turkey, and be used against Iranian rockets.
The experts Kommersant spoke with said that having the Patriot missiles in Turkey seriously increases the risk of armed conflict with Iran, which would not be able to strike back if the Patriot missiles are deployed.