UNITED24 - Make a charitable donation in support of Ukraine!

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

NATO Will Protect Turkey, But Not Broaden Syria Role - Official

RIA Novosti

14:55 06/09/2013 MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti) – NATO is not going to broaden its role in the Syrian conflict other than providing a platform for debate amongst its members and working to protect Turkey, a NATO spokesman said at a press conference on Friday.

“NATO is a very important forum for consultation between its allies, and now also with its partners. This is important,” said Robert Pszczel, director of the NATO information office in Moscow.

“The second element is what we’re doing in the sense of protection and defense of NATO members which are neighbors of Syria, I mean Turkey,” he noted. “For this, we’ve moved Patriots [air defense missiles] there.”

NATO agreed to deploy Patriot missile batteries along the Turkey-Syria border last December, in response to a formal request by Turkey.

Six Patriot missile batteries are now operating in southern Turkey, defending 3.5 million people there against missile attacks, according to a statement on NATO’s website.

“This deployment is defensive only and represents a concrete demonstration of Alliance solidarity and resolve,” the website statement says.

Pszczel emphasized that NATO will take no other action regarding the situation in Syria. He added that the alliance is continuing efforts to work with Russia on all issues of missile defense.

Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list