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Russia and NATO will on Friday discuss Moscow's opposition to the possible deployment of Patriot missiles near Turkey's border with Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
 
Lavrov reiterated Russia's concerns about Turkey's request for NATO to deploy the surface-to-air missiles because of Ankara's fears of spillover from the civil war in Syria.
 
He said he would discuss the issue by telephone with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said on Thursday the alliance would "do what it takes to defend our ally Turkey".
 
"Apparently he (Rasmussen) wants to explain (NATO's) position on this issue," Lavrov told a news conference after talks in Moscow with Bangladesh's foreign minister, Dipu Moni.
 
"The main concern is the more weapons there are, the greater the risk that they will be used."
 
He said Russia, which is not a member of NATO and cannot block a decision, understood that no one intended to drag the alliance into the Syrian crisis.
 
"But ... in the military field, what is important is not intentions, but potential. And when potential increases, the risks grow," he said.
 
The West has criticised Russia, as well as China, for vetoing three U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed at putting pressure on Assad to end a conflict activists say has killed more than 38,000 people since protests began in March 2011. Russia denies trying to prop up Assad, whose nation has been an avid buyer of its weapons and hosts a naval supply facility that is Moscow's only military base outside the ex-Soviet Union.

November/23/2012

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Johanna Dew

11/23/2012 11:14:06 PM

@rogerharding: all NATIO Members support Israel except Turkey which support the terrorists. The German and Dutch public are against delivering patriots to Turkey for this.

Tekion Particle

11/23/2012 5:57:15 PM

Patriots are defensive missiles and are no threat to Russia unless they are planning to get involve in any future conflict in the region. Russians are forfeited all their rights to abject to anything when they vetoed UN resolutions on Syria. They have condemned tens of thousands of people to death which otherwise could have been prevented. Mr Rasmussen should make himself unavailable next time mr Levrov calls. Two faced Russians cannot be trusted, period.

Roger Harding

11/23/2012 4:00:03 PM

Hello ARYEH, If your hypocrisy was Uranium, you could power the whole planet mate. Think about it. Was Iron Dome well deserved by Israel? A state run by a military elite addicted to occupation, annexation, violence, military threats and war-mongering. In a just world NATO should be installing these defense systems in Palestine to protect defenceless people from dreadful IDF missiles and bombs. Regards.

Aryeh Rapaport

11/23/2012 1:45:47 PM

NATO should not give Turkey patriot missile defense. NATO is obliged to help countries if their attacked not if they instigate, promote conflict in other countries. Turkeys involvement in Iraq, Syria purely instigate war, conflict. Turkey should not think it can force change to its liking& then be protected by NATO- thatsw a very bad precedence... Further more we dont understand what Turkeys strategy, interests are. If anything it looks like her interests are counter West rather pro West, NATO!
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