BRUSSELS - The Netherlands has not received a formal request to send Patriot missiles to NATO ally Turkey to help defend the country's border with Syria, the Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on Monday.

Turkey has said it has intensified talks with NATO allies on how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its territory.

A spokesman for Germany's Defense Ministry said on Saturday NATO would consider any request from Turkey and confirmed that the United States, the Netherlands and Germany were the countries that had the appropriate Patriot missiles available.

The German official was speaking after a report in Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Turkey would formally ask NATO on Monday to set up missiles on its border with Syria due to growing concern about spillover from the civil war in its neighbor.

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