POLITICS > Turkey says reserves right to arm itself against any Syria threat

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Turkey's President Abdullah Gül, AFP photo

Turkey's President Abdullah Gül, AFP photo

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said Thursday that the country reserved the right to defend itself against any threat from neighbouring Syria, amid discussions about the possible deployment of US Patriot missiles.
"Patriots... are being discussed within NATO. It is only natural for us to take any measure for defence reasons," Gul told reporters, but insisted that it was "out of the question for Turkey to start a war with Syria".
And he also hoped that Syria would not act "illogically." On Wednesday, Turkey said it is in talks with NATO over the possible deployment of Patriot missiles on its soil as part of contingency planning on the security of Turkey and NATO territories.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Brussels that it was only "normal" to discuss any defence measures in the face of potential risk from Syria.
Turkey has already beefed up border security with tanks and anti-aircraft batteries in the face of the deadly 20-month conflict in Syria, which has occasionally spilled over onto Turkish soil.
Turkish border units have systematically retaliated to cross-border shelling since Syrian fire killed five Turks on October 3.
One-time allies Turkey and Syria fell out after Ankara joined Arab and Western countries in demanding that President Bashar al-Assad halt his violent crackdown on the popular uprising that erupted in March last year and has now escalated into civil war.


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ilker avni

11/8/2012 7:45:00 PM

There is no threat from Syria,the real threat is from Iran,who has threatened to target Turkeys nato radar site.Turkey has become a front line country after agreeing to have the Radar site on Turkish soil in order to protect Israel.What we are seeing is the peperations of a possiable Israeli attack on Iran,Iran has said it would target all American bases including the ones in Turkey.Thanks to Nato, Turkey faces Iranian missiles.

joe Maddin

11/8/2012 4:17:07 PM

Us Patriot missiles? Turkey will be rebuffed as it has been about the no-fly zone. Is Erdogan trying to test US and NATO credibility after testing the UN credibility that failed on the no-fly zone? Why is Erdogan looking for more humiliating rebuffs? It is clear that the West wants a Turkey focusing on business and economical development only, and not on bellicose interventions with neighbors. It's time for Erdogan to reset and go back.

Blue Dotterel

11/8/2012 1:52:02 PM

There is no Syrian threat against Turkey, only a Turkish threat against Syria. In fact, the Turkish treat against Syria is also a threat against Turkey. Perhaps the people of Turkey should prepare to defend themselves against the AKP/Syrian threat.
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