Turkey to request Syria border missiles Monday: Germany

BRUSSELS Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:14am EST

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey is expected to request on Monday that NATO missiles be placed on its border with Syria to defend against mortar rounds fired from its neighbor, Germany's defense minister said.

Only the United States, the Netherlands and Germany have the appropriate Patriot missile system available. Germany would analyze such a request "with solidarity", Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

"I expect that there will be a request from the Turkish government today to NATO to deploy Patriot Missiles to the Turkish border," he told reporters in Brussels, on the sidelines of a meeting of EU defence ministers.

"If a partner now asks us for such a measure, it is clear for us that we will face this in an open way and with solidarity."

De Maiziere said the German response would depend on the details of any request. "But if we have a deployment of Patriots on the Turkish border then this will happen with German soldiers."

Turkey is talking to NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its territory, increasing concerns about spillover from the civil war.

The Dutch defence minister said the Netherlands too was waiting for a Turkish request. "We did not receive a formal request yet," Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told reporters in Brussels. "We are waiting for a formal request.

(Reporting by Angelika Stricker and Robert-Jan Bartunek. Writing by Sebastian Moffett; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Comments (5)
EthicsIntl wrote:
Yeah, give the Turks Patriot missiles and they will surely use them against their own ethnic minorities, the Kurds, Armenians, Arabs, Orthodox Christians & Jews, etc. etc.

“Turks are the only people that have contributed nothing to civilization.” [Zorbas World History]

How in the world is it possible for Turkey to be admitted into NATO in the first place while being refused admission into the EU ?

NATO is a Western military regime to serve only the Northern & Western Elite members. Southern Europeans, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus & Ireland, do not qualify, they are considered unworthy & inferior races.

In 1973 Turkey unilaterally & brutally invaded the defenseless peaceful island of Cyprus, which has substantial underwater oil reserves, and who is also a NATO member, and despite world & UN condemnation NATO takes no punitive or any action. WHY ?

Reason being that NATO needed & still needs military bases on Turkey’s borders with the former Soviet Union & now Russia. Syria is now their latest pretext.

For NATO this is a lot more important than the lives of innocent Cypriot, Southern Europeans & Turkish minority civilians.

“Only German troops will be allowed to operate the Patriot missiles”; that shows how much the Germans trust their barbarian cousins, the Turks.

“Hail Hi__er”

Nov 19, 2012 5:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
research1st wrote:
Patriots are to intercept incomming missiles…
So they use it to prevent more damage beeing done by Syrian missiles.

Nov 19, 2012 7:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
research1st wrote:
Patriots are to intercept incomming missiles only.

Nov 19, 2012 7:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
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