Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

NATO okays Turkey missile defense against Syria

November 20, 2012 11:51

Talks on deploying advanced Patriot missile system to contain spillover from Syria are in final stages.

Patriot anti-missile battery site

Patriot anti-missile battery 311. (photo credit:Reuters)

ANKARA - NATO member states have agreed to supply Turkey with an advanced Patriot missile system to defend against Syrian attacks and talks on its deployment are in the final stage, Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Turkey has been talking to NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria after mortar rounds landed inside its territory, increasing concerns about the civil war spilling into neighboring states.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"The countries who supply NATO with Patriot systems are known, we have reached an agreement with those countries. The official application will be completed as soon as possible," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference.

"Intensive work is underway and the talks have reached the final stage," he said in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Only the United States, the Netherlands and Germany have the appropriate Patriot missile system available. Germany has said it would analyze such a request "with solidarity".

Click for full JPost coverage

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on Monday that any missile deployment would be a defensive measure to counter mortar rounds, not to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.

Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's forces have been able to take large swathes of land but are almost defenseless against Syria's air force. The rebels have called for an internationally enforced no-fly zone, a measure that helped Libyan rebels overthrow their long-term leader last year.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Trump Israel
    April 25, 2017
    Mideast states to bear the brunt of Trump's draconian aid cuts


    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 27
      Beer Sheva
      15 - 23
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 15 - 23
      13 - 23
    • 19 - 29
      20 - 30