Germany expects Turkish request for NATO missiles soon

BRUSSELS Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:37pm EST

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany said it expected Turkey to formally request that NATO missiles be placed on its border with Syria soon, but stepped back from an earlier statement that the move was expected on Monday.

"The most important thing is not whether an official request comes today or in the coming days," German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union defense ministers in Brussels.

Arriving at the meeting earlier, he had said he expected Turkey to formally ask NATO for Patriot surface-to-air missiles on Monday.

(Reporting by Oliver Denzer; Writing by Adrian Croft; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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