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NATO Secretary General Issues Statement on Patriot Missile Deployment to Turkey

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has issued a statement on the proposal to deploy Patriot Missiles to Turkey, following violence along the country’s border with Syria.

The Secretary General issued the following statement (video above, courtesy of NATO):

“I have received a letter from the Turkish government requesting the deployment of Patriot missiles. Such a deployment would augment Turkey’™s air defence to defend the population and territory of Turkey. It would contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO’™s South-Eastern border. And it would be a concrete demonstration of Alliance solidarity and resolve.

In its letter, the Turkish government stressed that the deployment will be defensive only, and that it will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation.

NATO will discuss Turkey’™s request without delay. If approved, the deployment would be undertaken in accordance with NATO’™s standing air defence plan.

It is up to the individual NATO countries that have available Patriots – Germany, the Netherlands and the United States – to decide if they can provide them for deployment in Turkey and for how long.

Next week a joint team will visit Turkey to conduct a site-survey for the possible deployment of Patriots. The security of the Alliance is indivisible.

NATO is fully committed to deterring against any threats and defending Turkey’™s territorial integrity.”

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General

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